Reducing food waste: Getting Singaporeans to embrace ‘ugly food’ [News]

October 24, 2016 by  
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By Liyana Othman, Channel NewsAsia, 24 Oct 2016

More than 790,000 tonnes of food waste was generated in Singapore last year – almost the equivalent of throwing away two bowls of rice every day.

There are no official figures on the breakdown of food waste in Singapore, and also how throwing away blemished or oddly-shaped food may contribute to the problem. But studies have shown that globally, 46 per cent of fruits and vegetables never make it from farm to fork.

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Food waste gets second life as compost at international school [News]

October 12, 2016 by  
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By Lim Jia Qi, Channel NewsAsia, 12 Oct 2016

Vegetable peels, fruit waste and coffee grounds – all this organic waste does not simply go down the garbage chute at the Dover campus of the United World College of South East Asia (UWCSEA).

Instead, these are given a second life as compost for the school’s gardens. In 2012, UWCSEA started a composting project in a bid to reduce food wastage. Getting the project underway was not easy – it involved a few high school students setting up a composting site within the school and collecting pre-cooked waste such as vegetable peels and fruit scraps from the canteen daily.

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Non-profit groups step up efforts to bring restaurant excess to needy [News]

September 27, 2016 by  
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By Wong Casandra, TODAY, 25 Sep 2016

Sometimes it’s lamb stew on the menu, other times it’s roast duck. For the past few months, Marina Bay Sands (MBS) has been donating excess food prepared for banquets to the less fortunate. On each occasion, an average of 50 to 80 trays of unserved, blast-frozen cooked dishes are delivered for same-day consumption.

Under the watchful eye of Executive Chef Christopher Christie, kitchen staff check the food is at -5°C to -10°C before packing them into thermal boxes. Staff from The Food Bank Singapore stand ready to load them into a van for delivery.

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Free Food Waste Awareness Talks for Companies

July 19, 2016 by  
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We are currently conducting free food waste awareness talks for companies. The talk is about 1.5 hours and involves the screening of a video on food waste in Singapore, followed by a presentation on the food waste problem and what individuals can do to reduce food waste. We also have free posters and stickers from NEA for companies to display at their pantry to remind staff to reduce food waste.

Companies that are interested in the free talk can reply to us at with some suitable dates and time so that we can arrange for our volunteers to give the talk. Companies are welcomed to make a donation to Zero Waste SG if they wish to, and we hope that at least 20 people attend the talk so that it is worth our time.

Free Food Waste Talks

Food Waste Training Workshop for Wastebusters (9 Jul)

June 28, 2016 by  
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Food Waste Training Workshop for Wastebusters (9 Jul)

Zero Waste SG is recruiting more volunteers (aka Wastebusters) who are interested in spreading awareness on food waste through our Save Food Cut Waste programme!

We are conducting our 2nd training workshop for volunteers, and will share more information on the food waste situation in Singapore and what individuals can do to reduce food waste.

After the workshop, you will be able to give talks to companies and spread awareness on food waste. You are expected to give 2 talks a year. This workshop is only open for those who are able to give the talks on weekdays (pls do not sign up if you are not able to do so).

Date: 9 July 2016 (Sat)

Time: 2pm to 4.30pm

Venue: The Red Box, 113 Somerset Road, Singapore 238165

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