With so many people in the world going hungry, the problem of food waste seems contradictory. However, according to the Straits Times, the National Environmental Agency is concerned about the amount of food being wasted throughout Singapore. The NEA plans to begin an audit of possibly 150 different food-related businesses, in order to develop new systems for reducing waste.
Food Waste Statistics in Singapore
In Singapore, the amount of food waste has steadily increased over the last decade. Today, 10 percent of waste in Singapore is food-related. In 2016, a total of 790,000 tonnes of food was discarded. Of that enormous quantity of food waste, only 14 percent of the discarded food is recycled.
Efforts by the NEA
The National Environmental Agency has been trying to curb the amount of food waste and has instituted programmes to recycle food, turning it into compost or using it to produce non-potable water. But these programmes are limited in their reach, as are the campaigns encouraging families to reduce food waste at home.
A New Initiative
In order to develop new ideas and strategies, the NEA needs fresh data. That’s why the audit is planned, beginning in December 2017. The audit will examine food waste at places like hawker centres, hotels, supermarkets, and shopping malls; and the NEA also plans to look at some food manufacturing companies and caterers in Singapore.
The team will take samples of waste, categorise them, ask questions, and review practices. They plan to divide the waste into groups, such as homogenous food waste, bones and shells, meat, and fruits and vegetables.
After that, the NEA is expected to review the resulting reports and make recommendations for future programmes to reduce wastefulness. The project is expected to last through the middle of the year 2019.
Educating the User
According to the executive director of the Singapore Environment Council, Ms Jen Teo, the drive to reduce waste needs to reach people at the user level. “For example, initiatives at food courts to reduce waste could be as simple as having vendors serve smaller meal portions or encouraging customers to ask for less rice so they can finish what they are served,” she says.
Singapore Catering and Food Conservation
When you hire a Singapore caterer for an event, be sure to ask about their food conservation efforts and the ways that they endeavour to reduce waste. For example, Eatz Catering, a Halal caterer in Singapore, tries to educate its clients about portion sizes and accurate planning for food consumption at events. In addition, Eatz Catering raises awareness about food waste in the home, with informative articles about calculating consumption, eating leftovers, and saving money by purchasing less food.
Choosing a Responsible Singapore Catering Service
When you have a party or gathering coming up, partner with a responsible Singapore catering service that works hard to provide enough food, but not too much. That way, you can enjoy an international buffet or mini buffet catering in Singapore without feeling any guilt about wasted food. Contact us at Eatz Catering today to place an order to BBQ buffet catering, Christmas mini buffet catering, or any other type of Halal catering you prefer. We’ll work with you to arrange a plentiful meal with as little waste as possible.