Singapore Households Waste US$148 Million Worth Of Food Annually

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017 | 1880 Views

More than 85 percent of Singapore Households Waste US$148 Million Worth Of Food Annually all of their food before expiration thus contributing to mounting food waste, according to a home food waste survey by Electrolux—a home appliance manufacturer.

Every year, Singapore households trash about S$200 million (US$148 million) worth of food and beverage, with each household throwing away an average of US$125 worth of expired food annually.

According to the country’s National Environment Agency, 791 million kg of food waste was generated in Singapore in 2016. This marked a 41.5 percent increase over the past decade.

Mr Douglas Chua, general manager of Electrolux Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan, said: “Tackling food waste is the cornerstone of our yearly initiative. We want to encourage behavioural change that will allow for greater food sustainability and reduced waste.”

The survey which polled 1,000 households found that 20 percent would never consume food if it is passed the indicated date. Seven out of 10 (72 percent) could attribute the meanings of ‘Best Before’, ‘Sell By’ and ‘Expires On’, demonstrating knowledge that food passed its indicated date did not necessarily mean it is unfit for consumption.

On the basis of consumption, the survey found that almost half of the households (48 percent) would continue eating the item if the taste or texture remained similar to the original. Almost six in 10 (58 percent) said they would do so if the items were frozen, vacuum sealed and stored well, and showed no signs of turning bad.

Ms Nichol Ng, co-founder of non-profit organisation The Food Bank Singapore, said: “Every month, we collect on average 60,000 kg of food and distribute these surpluses to organisations and people in need of food. We hope more people can be on board this meaningful project so that our van can constantly hit the roads and deliver those foods promptly. Everybody has a part to play when it comes to food waste management.”


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