2,000,000 KG OF FOOD WASTED DAILY

The Serious Case of Food Wastage in Singapore

In Singapore, food wastage is a situation that is extremely prevalent but one that we may not be aware of, since the waste is disposed of and never seen again by us.

According to the National Environmental Agency, the food wastage situation in Singapore has increased by about 40% over the last 10 years.

IN 2018, SINGAPORE GENERATED 763,000 TONNES OF FOOD WASTE.
Every day, we are throwing away more than 2,000 tonnes of food on average. That’s 2 million kilograms. – SG Food Rescue

Food wastage wastes not just the food product itself, but also all the resources put into all the production before it was served to us. It contributes to a wastage of resources, especially since only 16% of food waste is recycled. The rest is incinerated and put into landfills.

How do we waste food?

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Unfortunately, food that is less appealing, i.e. slightly bruised or blemished, becomes thrown away. This happens before the food is presented to us and also afterwards, when they are left unwanted. A study by the Singapore Environment Council (SEC) found that 393,000 tonnes of food is thrown away without being consumed by Singaporeans.

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Food is also wasted during the consumption process. These come not only from leftover food that we purchase but do not consume, but also from the other sources, such as food manufacturers, hotels, malls, markets, hawker centres, schools, households and other F&B premises.

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Often, we may accidentally over purchase when we buy food. This leads to wastage as food that is unconsumed turns bad or goes past its expiry and eventually has to be thrown away without consumption. This also contributes to food wastage.

Food Rescuers: Singapore Food Rescue (SG Food Rescue)

SG Food Rescue was founded in February 2018, with the aim of reducing food wastage in Singapore. Over the years, they have developed many schemes to encourage the reduction of food waste in Singapore.

SG Food Rescue Volunteers & The Rescued Produce
Photo taken from: SG Food Rescue Facebook Group

One of these projects is a weekly Veggie Rescue mission in Little India and Pasir Panjang. During these missions, volunteers will go around the markets and stores, collecting unsellable produce that are cast aside for disposal. Often, the collected produce are imperfect but still edible. After the missions, all rescued food are sent to: community fridges around Singapore, to charity organisations and also adopted by the volunteers themselves.

SG Food rescue also engages in advocacy, giving talks in schools and to the public about the importance of reducing food wastage. The group also has a Facebook group where they share their various experiences collecting, distributing and consuming rescued food items.

If you are interested to understand more about SG Food Rescue, head over to their website: https://sgfoodrescue.wordpress.com/ or join their Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/sgfoodrescue/

Food Rescuers: Singapore Food Rescue (SG Food Rescue)

SG Food Rescue was founded in February 2018, with the aim of reducing food wastage in Singapore. Over the years, they have developed many schemes to encourage the reduction of food waste in Singapore.

SG Food Rescue Volunteers & The Rescued Produce
Photo taken from: SG Food Rescue Facebook Group

One of these projects is a weekly Veggie Rescue mission in Little India and Pasir Panjang. During these missions, volunteers will go around the markets and stores, collecting unsellable produce that are cast aside for disposal. Often, the collected produce are imperfect but still edible. After the missions, all rescued food are sent to: community fridges around Singapore, to charity organisations and also adopted by the volunteers themselves.

SG Food rescue also engages in advocacy, giving talks in schools and to the public about the importance of reducing food wastage. The group also has a Facebook group where they share their various experiences collecting, distributing and consuming rescued food items.

If you are interested to understand more about SG Food Rescue, head over to their website: https://sgfoodrescue.wordpress.com/ or join their Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/sgfoodrescue/

Food Rescuers: Singapore Food Rescue (SG Food Rescue)

SG Food Rescue was founded in February 2018, with the aim of reducing food wastage in Singapore. Over the years, they have developed many schemes to encourage the reduction of food waste in Singapore.

SG Food Rescue Volunteers & The Rescued Produce
Photo taken from: SG Food Rescue Facebook Group

One of these projects is a weekly Veggie Rescue mission in Little India and Pasir Panjang. During these missions, volunteers will go around the markets and stores, collecting unsellable produce that are cast aside for disposal. Often, the collected produce are imperfect but still edible. After the missions, all rescued food are sent to: community fridges around Singapore, to charity organisations and also adopted by the volunteers themselves.

SG Food rescue also engages in advocacy, giving talks in schools and to the public about the importance of reducing food wastage. The group also has a Facebook group where they share their various experiences collecting, distributing and consuming rescued food items.

If you are interested to understand more about SG Food Rescue, head over to their website: https://sgfoodrescue.wordpress.com/ or join their Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/sgfoodrescue/

Food Rescuers: Singapore Food Rescue (SG Food Rescue)

SG Food Rescue was founded in February 2018, with the aim of reducing food wastage in Singapore. Over the years, they have developed many schemes to encourage the reduction of food waste in Singapore.

SG Food Rescue Volunteers & The Rescued Produce
Photo taken from: SG Food Rescue Facebook Group

One of these projects is a weekly Veggie Rescue mission in Little India and Pasir Panjang. During these missions, volunteers will go around the markets and stores, collecting unsellable produce that are cast aside for disposal. Often, the collected produce are imperfect but still edible. After the missions, all rescued food are sent to: community fridges around Singapore, to charity organisations and also adopted by the volunteers themselves.

SG Food rescue also engages in advocacy, giving talks in schools and to the public about the importance of reducing food wastage. The group also has a Facebook group where they share their various experiences collecting, distributing and consuming rescued food items.

If you are interested to understand more about SG Food Rescue, head over to their website: https://sgfoodrescue.wordpress.com/ or join their Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/sgfoodrescue/

How can I help?

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Join the food rescue missions or engage in your own attempts at food rescuing. Food rescue is not limited to fresh produce, but also to rescuing cooked food, such as leftovers and extra food prepared.

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When purchasing food, be open to purchasing slightly imperfect produce instead of only going for the freshest or most perfect. Often, you will find that the produce is just as good on the inside!

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Prepare or purchase food that is just enough for consumption and avoid over purchasing. Be conscious of what you purchase!

When food rescuing, it is important to perform a look, smell, taste test before consuming. If it looks off, smells off, or tastes off, don’t eat it. – SG Food Rescue

At the end of the day, there are many ways in which we can contribute to the reduction of food wastage. Do what you are comfortable with and keep in mind that every effort counts in reducing food wastage in Singapore!

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