Saudi: Restaurant goers to be fined for unfinished plates

Saudi Arabia’s consultative Shoura Council will this month discuss a food waste law that could see individuals charged for leaving unfinished plates in restaurants.

The plans follow a report from the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture statin that Saudi Arabia ranks number one in food waste.

The ministry said 30 per cent of food produced in Saudi Arabia is wasted, worth around SAR49bn ($13bn) a year. In addition, the average Saudi wastes 250kg of food annually compared to a global average of 150kg.

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Wastage is particularly high during the current holy month of Ramadan where leftovers from extravagant iftars are often thrown away.

Societal pressures to impress guests with extravagant food offerings have also led to excessive waste in the country year-round.

The food waste law, set to be discussed by the Shoura Council, would see individuals and organisations fined for excessive waste. Other potential measures include a fee for restaurant goers that leave unfinished plates of food.

The council’s social affairs committee has also proposed the establishment of a national centre to offer guidance and awareness on food waste.

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Source Credit: Gulf business

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