05 Dec '17, 4am

Half of Singapore's food waste could be prevented.

A four-month study of 443 households and waste samples from 279 of them revealed that more than half of the food waste could have been saved by not over-ordering, over-buying or over-cooking. The National Environment Agency (NEA) said that the amount of avoidable food waste was equivalent to each household throwing away a 2.5kg bag of rice each week. Staple foods such as rice, noodles and bread are the most commonly wasted. The study also found, 27% of households had leftovers after a meal at least half the time, while 24% said they often threw away spoilt or expired food. The top two reasons were buying too much and food items being hidden at the back of the fridge. In the past 10 years, food waste in Singapore has risen by 40%. It was said that, in 2016, the amount of food waste generated was equivalent to the weight of over 3,500 MRT trains — about 791,000 tonnes. Furth...

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