What a Waste!

Waste Less. Save More.

An average household in Singapore spends S$14,256 on food a year.[1] Every time we throw food away, part of that amount is wasted. However, when we order, buy and cook just enough and store leftovers for use the next day, we save money.


Where does it come from?

Food waste is generated from households, markets, hawker centres, supermarkets and food courts or other eating establishments.

Where does it go?

About 13% of the food waste in Singapore is recycled. The rest is incinerated and sent to the landfill.[2]

What's the big deal?

Singapore is a small country with limited space. At the rate we are producing waste, we will need a new incineration plant every 7-10 years, and a new landfill every 30-35 years.[3] The resources and labour used to produce the food also go to waste, along with hard-earned money we use to buy the food.

What can we do about it?

Practise the tips in this handy guide to reduce food waste!

[1] Report on the Household Expenditure Survey 2012/2013, Department of Statistics Singapore.
[2] [3] National Environment Agency – https://www.mewr.gov.sg/docs/default-source/default-document-library/cos-2015-media-factsheet---food-waste.pdf