#LiveGreenSG Home Tips: Waste

1 Nov, 2018 2:56:59 PM / by Quek Leng Chuang

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“The amount of food waste generated in Singapore has increased by about 40% over the last 10 years, with the amount last year (2016) - 791,000 tonnes - equivalent to the weight of more than 3,500 MRT trains.” - The Straits Times, 2017.

About 2.5kg of food waste is thrown away by each Singaporean household every week, making up half of all waste homes dispose of, according to the National Environment Agency.

Waste and overconsumption are major causes of the deterioration of our environment and the depletion of natural resources. We face all forms of waste in our daily lives: food waste, waste of everyday consumer goods - which end up in the garbage instead of being repaired, waste of clothes - discarded instead of being donated...Here is a multitude of ideas and eco-tips to easily fight waste in your everyday life.


Don’t Be Selfish.

1.3 billion tons of food for human consumption is lost or wasted globally each year - a third of all the food that we grow. When we shop for food, we often have the instinct to look at the best-before date on the products and choose...the farthest date. Although we know we will consume these products well before that date. Try to choose the closest best-before date when you know you will consume quickly, to contribute to reducing the food waste of large retailers.


Bulk Up.

The best waste is the one we don’t produce. Some wastes are neither biodegradable nor recyclable: they will be incinerated or landfilled. Choosing bulk products can limit the volume of packaging waste. Bulk products don’t come in plastic trays, plastic film or polystyrene trays - which would become non-recyclable waste.

Buy in bulk as much as possible!


Have A Bellyful Before Food Shopping.

Everybody knows: when you go to the grocery on a full stomach, you are less tempted by impulsive food shopping - yes I am talking about that overpriced flashy pack of pop-corn topped cookies & cream cupcakes. Impulse purchases are not on your shopping list. They will probably not be consumed and ultimately thrown away. To fight food waste, avoid shopping before eating!


Things Aren’t Always What They Seem.

The requirements of large retailers in terms of appearance greatly contribute to food waste. Shape, color, size...Fruits and vegetables that don’t meet the specifications are discarded. But nature does grow crooked, quirky, spotted, smaller-than-average vegetables... which are just as tasty. Reducing food waste is buying "ugly" products. Try to apply this advice for this date you have with that average guy next week.


Don’t Succumb To Temptation.

Make a shopping list before going to the store will enable you to buy only what is necessary. You will not only avoid being tempted by unnecessary purchases, but also save time and money!


Don’t Bite Off More Than You Can Chew.

A meal not finished often means trashed leftovers. To avoid having leftovers, cook sufficient quantities, but not too much - 500g of pasta is not a human size portion. And if you have leftovers, consider re-cooking or freezing them for later if they aren’t to be consumed so soon.


Freeze Rather Than Trash.

Almost all vegetables can be frozen and kept for 12 months in the freezer. Wash your vegetables, peel and cut them before freezing.


First In, First Out.

The yogurt you forgot at the bottom of the fridge is a source of food waste. To avoid this, set the rule of “first in, first out” in your fridge. Place the perishable foods with the nearest best-before date, and the leftovers to consume quickly right at the front of the fridge.


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Topics: Residential

Quek Leng Chuang

Written by Quek Leng Chuang

LengChuang is a chemical engineer and an expert in carbonomics. He is the co-founder and owner of Environmental Solutions (Asia) Pte Ltd and ES Power.