Dry Lands, New Hopes: Make a difference this World Environment Day 2024

The growing threat to our ecosystems

Ecosystems worldwide are under threat. Each year, 55 million people are directly affected by droughts, making it the most serious hazard to livestock and crops in nearly every part of the world. If land degradation remains unchecked, it could reduce global food productivity by 12%, causing food prices to soar by up to 30% by 2040, jeopardising the livelihoods of millions reliant on agriculture and grazing. World Environment Day (5 June 2024) underscores this issue, with Saudi Arabia hosting this year’s event focused on land restoration, combating desertification, and improving drought resilience.

Our shared responsibility

We are the first generation to fully see the harmful effects of environmental degradation, and we might be the last that can reverse the damage. While we can’t turn back time, we can take steps like reforesting, greening cities, harvesting rainwater, and choosing sustainable foods to help heal our land. Saudi Arabia’s Green Initiative aims to transform 30% of its land into nature reserves, plant 10 billion trees, and rehabilitate 40 million hectares of deteriorated land.

The success of this global endeavour hinges not just on the actions of governments, but also on the collective engagement of every business, community, and individual. By making conscious choices and taking proactive steps, businesses like yours can create a positive impact on the environment.

Food for thought: Sustainable waste management

Land degradation is a pressing challenge that can be significantly mitigated through sustainable practices, especially in how we manage food waste. With Grundon, your remaining food waste is sent to Anaerobic Digestion (AD) facilities, the Government’s preferred method for recycling food waste. Kitchen leftovers are turned into a powerful bio-fertiliser that enhances soil health without chemical intervention and contributes to renewable energy by creating biofuel. By diverting food waste from landfills, AD helps reduce the production of methane -a potent greenhouse gas, and disposal costs are up to two-thirds less expensive than landfill or energy-from-waste.

Furthermore, Grundon’s food waste service streamlines your waste management process, tackling the issue of improperly segregated food waste that often leads to frequent collections and, consequently, more significant expenses. We provide comprehensive staff training, dedicated food bins, and clear guidance through our thorough waste reports, supporting your business to optimise menu planning, ensure appropriate portion sizes, and manage stock more efficiently.

Introducing Grundon’s dedicated food waste collection service to your business ensures a more effective and environmentally friendly waste management system, aiding in the pursuit of a healthier planet.

Join the conversation this World Environment Day and help restore, rejuvenate and protect our planet for future generations.