August the 26th, 2023 – Croatian food waste is among the lowest in the entire European Union (EU), with neighbouring Slovenia also not throwing much away, either.
As Poslovni Dnevnik/Darko Bicak writes, despite the fact that it often seems as if the Republic of Croatia is constantly at the very back of the European Union in almost everything, we’re doing one thing well.
Unfortunately the impression of constantly lagging behind the vast majority of other EU countries is mostly not an exaggeration, there are still important segments of the functioning of the EU where Croatia is close to the top. One of these is responsible behaviour with food and, according to official data from the European Commission (EC), Croatian food waste is very low compared to the vast majority of other EU Member States.
The Slovenians are also doing well in this regard
On average, 131 kilograms of food per inhabitant is thrown away across the EU. The most responsible in the Union are the neighbouring Slovenians who throw away a mere 68 kilograms of food per inhabitant, and the level of Croatian food waste is right next to them, with the inhabitants of this country only throwing away an average of 71 kilograms.
Belgium and the Netherlands are performing poorly
At the top of this infamous list is Cyprus, where as much as 379 kilograms of food per inhabitant ends up in the trash per year. It is interesting that countries with a more developed sense of social and environmental awareness follow Cyprus, such as Belgium with 250 kilograms per inhabitant and Denmark with 221 kilograms. Greece, Portugal and the Netherlands are at the very top in terms of discarded amounts of food.