Don’t Waste Food

Don’t Waste Food

Singaporeans waste a lot of food each year. In 2013, we threw away about 0.8 million tonnes of food waste and only 13% was recycled. We should not waste food and let’s try to find ways to reduce food wastage in our homes, for our events and for companies that produce food products.

Here’s a few tips:

For Homes

Before cooking, confirm the amount of food needed and plan the type of food to be cooked and how to cook the food. This helps you to prevent excessive food wastage.

You can also refer to the food storage chart from the AVA website to check some guidelines on how long you can keep your food in the refrigerator. By keeping to the food storage duration and temperature, you can reduce food spoilage.

For Events

Confirm the number of participants attending the event and their dietary requirements. This would help you to prepare or order the right amount of food. It might also be good to cater slightly less food (about 10 to 20 percent) than required so as to avoid unnecessary wastage.

Arrange for any leftover food to be given to the venue staff, event organiser or donate it to a charity. The leftover food should not be wasted.

For Food Companies

If your company has unsold or soon-to-be expired food products, you can sell them at a cheaper price before the expiry date to clear stock or donate the food products to schools, charitable organisations or anyone who wants them before the expiry date.

You can also contact the following organisations:

A local non-profit organisation, Food from the Heart, collects unsold bread and pastries from bakeries and hotels and distributes them to welfare organisations, needy families and individuals.

Food Bank Singapore collects excess or unwanted food from food companies, retailers and home consumers, and distributes them to the needy.

More Tips

Also check out more tips on reducing food waste from the Save Food Cut Waste campaign.


  • bysaadi
    Posted May 13, 2009 1:52 pm 0Likes

    i am in iran. i work about bread wate in iran. do you have any statistic about bread waste in sigapore or other countries?

    thak you

  • byRicky Adrianus
    Posted February 2, 2010 11:13 pm 0Likes

    Currently I am working on an advertising campaign for my major project about Fruit waste in Singapore. Do you have any article, fact sheet, or any data related to fruit waste in singapore?
    I would highly appreciate you help

    Thank you

    • byEugene
      Posted February 5, 2010 5:16 pm 0Likes

      Hi Ricky, sorry we don’t have data on fruit waste in Singapore. Check out this company that collects fruit waste and turns them into household cleaners

  • byshaun ang
    Posted March 5, 2010 10:17 am 0Likes

    hello, we are currently doing a research on food waste by companies such as supermarket. do you happen to have any statistic on that?

    • byEugene
      Posted March 5, 2010 11:27 am 0Likes

      Hi Shaun, we don’t have waste statistics on food waste by companies. Check with NEA.

  • byahbee
    Posted April 10, 2010 2:05 pm 0Likes

    Hi, I think that the reasons for food waste are not mentioned.

  • byyohana
    Posted June 18, 2010 1:51 am 0Likes

    Hi, I’m currently doing a research on donation of unsold food items in supermarkets to welfare organizations. Is there such a project going on in Singapore, both on a regular basis or irregular basis? Thanks 😀

  • byTricia
    Posted July 4, 2010 3:00 pm 0Likes

    How about those unrecycled food waste? How are they treated and where they go?

    • byEugene
      Posted July 8, 2010 6:49 pm 0Likes

      @ Tricia – All food waste that are not recycled goes to the incineration plants.

  • byAlex Toh
    Posted September 16, 2010 10:04 am 0Likes

    Hi Sir, currently we are running vegetarian and organic food business. We throw away a lot of overdue foods and products.
    Kindly advice me on how we can send all these waste food for recycle. Also for your info our website is closed for maintanace due to a technical glitch.

  • byAmira
    Posted July 15, 2012 8:20 pm 0Likes

    Hello, i would like to know if there has been any form of measures put into place to recycle food in SG since the closure of IUT?

  • byAneez
    Posted February 2, 2015 9:50 am 0Likes

    Where can I find a graph of food wastage in Singapore?

  • byBob
    Posted July 22, 2015 3:46 pm 0Likes

    Hi I have packets of cakes and bread which is still not expires. Who can I give to?

  • byRaijai Parkash Rai
    Posted October 20, 2018 6:22 pm 0Likes

    By Profession I am A Senior Security Officer,I am assign
    to a condominium for my daily duties,When there is any kind of functions in my condo,When functions ends Kind Residence Pass Over Excess Food to guard and cleaners for their consumtions, Unfortunately still left over foods ends in dustbins.Sir if u can kindly advice on where to donate left and cooked food for immediate consumtion in Singapore?

  • byFood Rescue @ Events
    Posted May 14, 2019 12:43 pm 0Likes

    We are writing from Food Rescue @ Events, we rescued food from events, cafes, and do daily food rescue as well.

    The following are 3 of our social media, please do help to share with your friends and colleague.




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