NEA calls for tender for collecting, transporting food waste [News]

August 25, 2015 by  
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By Channel NewsAsia, 24 Aug 2015

The National Environment Agency (NEA) on Monday (Aug 24) called a tender to collect and transport food waste to a facility for treatment, as part of a pilot project.

The appointed organisations will collect segregated food waste from areas such as the Clementi region and send it to a facility at Ulu Pandan Water Reclamation Plant. The places where food waste will be collected from include Ngee Ann Polytechnic, National University of Singapore, Pasir Panjang Wholesale Centre and Kranji Camp, said NEA.

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Food waste recycler folds [News]

December 8, 2011 by  
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By Grace Chua, The Straits Times, 18 Nov 2011.

Singapore’s largest food waste recycling company has shut for good.

But IUT Global’s closure does not spell the end of the industry, as its customers search for alternatives and new players come on the scene.

The homegrown company started in 2008 and was feted by then Environment and Water Resources Minister Yaacob Ibrahim as a milestone in waste management and recycling.

The company aimed to one day process 800 tonnes of food daily, turning it into organic fertiliser and biogas for electricity to power up to 10,000 homes.

But by March this year, it was still collecting only 120 tonnes to 130 tonnes a day. That produced gas for electricity to power just 500 households, and it sold or gave away the organic compost that remained, said IUT managing director Edwin Khew.

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Food Waste Recycling

December 8, 2008 by  
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In Singapore, 796,000 tonnes of food waste was generated in 2013 and the recycling rate is 13%. Food waste is usually processed as animal feed, and undergoes aerobic or anaerobic digestion to produce compost or energy.

Let’s take a closer look at food recycling:

Food Recycling in Singapore

There are local recycling companies that collect bread waste, soya bean waste and spent grains from food industries, and processes them into animal feed.

A few years ago, a recycling plant collects and turns food waste into methane and compost using an anaerobic digestion process. The digestion process involves microorganisms breaking down the food waste in reactors in the absence of oxygen, thus producing methane or biogas that can be burned to generate energy. The digested food waste can be used as compost for planting. Unfortunately the plant closed down in 2011.

Watch this video for a simple explanation of anaerobic digestion:

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Food waste is also recycled using a mechanical composting process. Some companies and organisations use an aerobic digestion or composting machine to turn food waste into compost or water. The composting process involves microorganisms breaking down the food waste in the machine in the presence of oxygen, thus avoiding the production of methane. The digested food waste can be used as compost for landscaping and the water can be used for watering plants.

What Can I Do

Food waste is not commonly collected from homes for recycling, so what you can do is to reduce your food waste by not wasting food. Check out our tips on Don’t Waste Food.

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

For companies, you can use the online business waste exchange, Waste is not Waste, to find someone who wants your waste.