Good Earth

Singapore households contributing to mounting food waste

14:28 SGT November 2, 2017
Singapore
This year, our focus is on food in storage, such as pantries and refrigerators.

The latest Electrolux Home Food Waste survey reveals that 85% of Singapore households do not consume their food before the indicated date on food packing, contributing to mounting food waste in the city state.

This amounts to some S$170-million (US$124-million) worth of F&B products being thrown away by each household a year. Annually, Singapore households trash about S$200-million worth of foods and beverages.

Douglas Chua, general manager of Electrolux Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan, said: “Tackling food waste is the cornerstone of our yearly initiative. This year, our focus is on food in storage, such as pantries and refrigerators. Often, we buy food, store them, but end up forgetting to consume them before their indicated dates on the packaging. This results in their eventual disposal. We want to encourage behavioural change that will allow for greater food sustainability and reduced waste.”

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

The study is the third edition of Electrolux Singapore’s annual #HappyPlateSG community initiative, which started in 2015. Previous years’ surveys focused on consumption of “ugly food” and finishing of meals to prevent food wastage.