Don’t Waste Food

December 8, 2008 by  
Filed under Reduce

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.

Food Waste Recycling

December 8, 2008 by  
Filed under Recycle

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.