While wasting food is a crucial global problem, it is also a personal pressure one way or another most of us felt: particularly in those cultures and nations that suffered an extreme form of economic depression, an innate urge to see the vale in everything (and food in particular) has been ingrained in their society.
The memories of either starving or queuing up in front of stores with bills in exchange for a daily quota of bread although might fade, the 2nd and 3rd generations (given optimal family circumstances) will still learn about those hardships.
In Easter Europe this is very much so. However, while most of us see the value in recycling and despise wasting food, particularly nourishing fruits and vegetables, there is no nationwide solution to address it. Most of even in the recent generation, although disconnected from working the fields, have a vague concept of the benefit of reusing organics to create compost and turn the leftovers of our dinner table into mineral rich soil.
The simple truth is: while most other form of recycling is either government mandated, or subsidised and very much ingrained in our culture, recycling our food wastage is not. Interestingly, you would not be allowed to mow your lawn and simply throw the cut grass out in the rubbish bin: that qualifies as organic wastage. In theory then your leftover fruit and veg would also. However on one hand most people don't make this connection, on the other, even if they do, they think that the little leftover from their dinner tables won't amount to a large enough portion to be reckoned with. The first issue is of education, the latter is of infrastructure.