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1st ever International Day of Zero Waste

Facts for Prelims (FFP)

Source: DTE


Context: The first-ever International Day of Zero Waste was celebrated on March 30, 2023, to encourage people to prevent and minimize waste and promote a circular economy and help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (11 and 12).


  • Established by: The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)
  • Objective: To raise awareness about zero-waste initiatives and their importance in tackling the global waste crisis.


The USA generates more waste than any other nation in the world with 4.5 pounds (2 kg) of municipal solid waste (MSW) per person per day. In comparison, the average per capita waste in India is about 670 grams per day.


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