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Pantry - Dining Area - Kitchen Corner

Waste  in the dining area is something we have all experienced, whether it is the edible food we throw in the bin or the plastic packaging used and thrown away everyday.

Only 19% of Food Waste is recycled in Singapore. Taking actions, to reduce our food waste and to better recycle it, can therefore have a positive impact. Moreover, as food waste is visible, it can be a good area for team building and sustainability awareness and trainings.

In this part we provide solutions for companies to reduce waste in the dining area, this includes reducing plastic and cardboard waste as well as food waste.

Track Food Waste
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Install a food analyser to quantify your waste and to better know what type of food and which percentage is wasted. Compare it to the industry average.

It will help you better monitor your stocks.

Talk with your suppliers to take proper action.

To reduce food waste, see our solutions in Food & Beverage category.

8%

of worldwide global GHG emissions come from the food we waste.

(drawdown)

20%

The amount of food waste generated in SG has grown by around 20% over the last 10 years.
(NEA)

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Suppliers that provide solutions:
Food Waste Management Solutions
Lumitics

Lumitics seeks to accelerate the transformation of kitchens around the world towards more sustainable operations, by empowering them with a tracking and monitoring solution to better manage their food waste.

AI-enabled food waste tracker
Winnow

Winnow believes that food is far too valuable to waste, and that technology can transform the way we use food. They help companies run a more efficient and sustainable kitchen by automating food waste capture, enabled with AI.

Food Waste Prevention Expert
lightblueconsulting

LightBlue is an awarded Best Small Business: Good Food for All by the United Nations (among 2,000 applicants) with a vision to reconcile sustainability with business excellence.

They specialize in food waste prevention through capacity building workshops, Food Intel Tech (FIT) — food waste monitoring tech, and Food Waste Prevention program to reduce food waste, cut operational expenses, and move towards zero food waste to landfill and low carbon operations.

Divert Unused Food from Waste
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  1. Implement last-minute actions to avoid waste, partner with one of the existing app if necessary (refer to the suppliers list below)
  2. Donate excess food to associations or individuals.

Here is a useful Food Recovery Hierarchy to prioritize actions towards prevention and diversion of wasted food.

4.1%

of Singaporeans face moderate to severe food insecurity between 2016 and 2018.
(Socialservice.sg)

6,500

free meals are cooked up daily for collection or delivery by the charity kitchen Willing Hearts.
(willinghearts)

Suppliers that provide solutions:
Redistribution of excess food
The Food Bank Singapore

The Food Bank Singapore's mission is to end food insecurity in Singapore through redistribution of food. They salvage approximately 550 tonnes of food a year, from manufacturers, distributors, retail stores, hotels, F&B establishments and consumers, and make it available to people in need through a network of member beneficiaries (360 to date).

They work with a Food Hygiene Consultant and a laboratory partner to ensure that the food quality meets the required standards for distribution.

What they Collect:

  • Non-Perishables: All dry, packaged food items as long as they are unexpired, unopened and with at least 1 week of shelf life.
  • Perishables & Cooked Food Rescue: fresh pastries, vegetables, meat, dairy products and cooked food from hotels or other F&B establishments.

Food items are delivered directly to beneficiary centres for consumption within the day.

Redistribution of excess food
Food from the Heart

Food from the Heart is a charity founded in February 2003 by Singapore-based Austrian couple Henry and Christine Laimer, who were inspired to channel surplus food from bakeries to families in need after they read an article about bread wastage.

Today, Food from the Heart is Singapore's foremost independent food charity with IPC status that makes a tangible and meaningful contribution to fighting hunger through bread rations and food packs, and bringing joy through the distribution of toys and birthday celebrations.

With the support of donors, food industry partners and more than 10,000 volunteers, Food from the Heart made a difference to the lives of 40,300 people throughout Singapore by distributing S$5.9 million worth of food in 2018.

Turning excess food into daily meals for the needy
Willing Hearts

Willing Hearts is well known for their soup kitchen: they prepare, cook and distribute ~5,000 meals everyday across the island, all year long.

Besides feeding the needy, they also provide marginalised communities such as the disabled, the elderly, low income families, migrant workers, etc. with assistance to rehabilitation and reinstatement into society.

Redistribution & transformation of excess food, Workshops
SG Food Rescue

SG Food Rescue redistributes surplus food from manufacturers, hotels, malls, markets, hawker centres, schools, households and other F&B premises, to people who need it.

Their programmes cover a range of activities, such as veggie rescue, community fridge restock, soup kitchen...

Digital platform (app) to reduce food loss
TreeDots

TreeDots is a B2B platform that enables suppliers to re-distribute their unsold inventory to organisations that can use them. Suppliers save money from otherwise discarded products and buyers get quality ingredients at lower prices.

Find a New Usage for Food Waste
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  1. Divert food scraps/ waste to feed animals in local farms. Did you know some farms are specialised in insects, such as the black soldier flies? They can turn food waste into biomaterials
  2. Convert Food Waste to industrial usage

For example:

  • Used cooking oil can be recycled into biofuel
  • Okara and soy bean waste can be dedicated to higher value products
  • Coffee grounds are 100% natural and have various practical usage related to gardening, cleaning, scrubbing or technological usage such as fire retardant material. Contract with a specialist to collect them. If you want to compost it by yourself, be aware that used coffee grounds must be detoxified by composting for a minimum of 98 days for plants to benefit from the potassium and nitrogen contained in the roasted beans.

1.3 billion tonnes

per year of food — fit for human consumption — is either wasted or lost globally.
(The Food and Agriculture Organization - United Nations)

86 times higher

The global warming potential of methane (a gas produced by food thrown away in landfills) compared to CO2 averaged over 20 years.
(The Conversation)

Suppliers that provide solutions:
Turning food waste into valuable materials
Insectta

As the first urban insect farm in Singapore rearing the black soldier fly (hermetia illucens), Insectta takes food waste and returns it into the economy as valuable biomaterials: chitosan, organic semiconductors, protein & probiotics.

Used Coffee Recycling Services
A1 Environment Pte Ltd

A1 Environment was created in 2012 by a team with over 20 years' experience in recycling. A1 Environment was set up to provide more flexibility and better used coffee recycling services to organizations.

Local food waste recycling facilities
EcoWise (Bee Joo Industries Pte Ltd)

The company collects agro-waste and waste derived from food processing industries such as spent barley grains, soya waste and milk powder from local major food-processing factories and recycles them into food additives for poultry feed – distributed regionally within South East Asia.

Local food waste recycling facilities
Lam Tak Pte Ltd

Lam Tak has been in the animal feed industry since 1968. They have manufacturing factories in Singapore and Malaysia, they are able to manufacture standard, or unique feed formulation upon request.Today, the company provides a wide variety of raw feed materials, such as soy press cake, spent grain, vegetable oil, food & feed grade dairy products, etc.

Local food waste recycling facilities
Tiong Lam Supplies Pte Ltd

Founded in 1994, the company saves food waste from being wasted. They first began operations ferrying excess bread from production houses to Aqua farms for fish feed. As they progressed, they began developing resource recovery competencies to salvage materials from food waste that could otherwise be useful in the Agriculture industry.

Today, they work with food manufacturers to lower their cost of disposal through waste repatriation and resource recovery. They target waste hotspots in production line and convert these losses into gains fo their clients.

Install a Food Waste Treatment System (1/2)
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Under the Resource Sustainability Act, several mandatory provisions have been adopted regarding food waste segregation and treatment in Singapore.

From 2021 onwards - Developers of new commercial and industrial premises must set aside space for on-site or off-site food waste treatment systems in their design plans.

From 2024 onwards - All existing large commercial and industrial food waste generators will be required to segregate food waste for treatment using on-site food waste treatment systems (compost) or off-site facility treatment. This includes large hotels and malls, large industrial developments housing food manufacturers, food caterers and food storage warehouses.

There are different types of food waste treatment system:

  • Dehydrator (remove moisture from food, reduce weigh, remove smell) - not top sustainable but convenient
  • Dry digester (processing of food waste by bacteria to make a fertiliser)
  • Wet digester (processing of food waste by bacteria and diluted with water to transform it into a liquid effluent) - no solids to handle after
  • Composter (transforming food waste by bacteria into compost)
  • Anaerobic digester (processing of food waste by bacteria while starving of oxygen generating methane which can be used for electricity production and heating)

The anaerobic digester is only for large volume of organic waste. For the other opportunities above, commercially available systems cover a wide range of volumes. The decision on the technology depends on CAPEX, OPEX, use for by-product post-processing, access to utilities (water and discard collection), agreement with local authorities, space available.

less than 2%

of the valuable biological nutrients infood by-products and organic waste is composted or valorised in cities, worldwide.
(Ellen Mac Arthur Foundation)

19%

only of food waste was recycled in Singapore in 2020.
(NEA)

Suppliers that provide solutions:
Pipe-in water dispensers
Westcom Solutions

Westcom Solutions Pte Ltd (WCS) was established with the aim to conserve and improve the eco-green system environment and overall well-being. Their team is always committed to discover, updates and devoted to developing and producing a wide range of equipments and products from food waste recycling technology to water and bio-toilet technology.

Westcom Solutions Pte Ltd provides alkaline water (pH 9.0) and hydrogen water dispensers alongside food waste composting & recycling machines.

Waste Management products & services (digester, composter, audit, soil analysis...)
Maeco Technologies Pte Ltd (subsidiary of Chevon International (S) Pte Ltd)

Maeco Technologies specializes in providing solutions for organic waste management. They perform audits to understand the specific needs of their customers and produce both the machinery and biological fermentation agents to address those needs. They combine engineering, design, fabrication capabilities and scientific expertise.

On-site food waste treatment systems
A-Smart Life Pte Ltd

Established in 2017, A-Smart Life provides compact recycling machines that allow low- energy, high-speed processing of food waste for conversion to natural, healthy fertilizers. They are an re an approved vendor under the NEA listing

On-site food waste treatment systems
Boon Poh Refuse Disposal Pte Ltd

Boon Poh delivers a range of environmental solutions including integrated waste management with recycling, cleaning and conservancy, and landscaping services.

Moving in the direction of environmental sustainability, their solutions work towards efficiency, performance, and productivity. They aim to provide a one-stop platform for environmental management needs. They provide on-site food waste composters and digesters.

On-site food waste treatment systems
Datumstruct (S) Pte Ltd / D-Envtech (S) Pte Ltd

Founded in 1999, Datumstruct is a leading Solution Provider in Data Centre IT Infrastructure, Command & Control Centre, Office Furniture and Environmental Technology. The company is helping commercial food service facilities to reduce their food waste & carbon foot print. They currently exclusively distribute a world leading brand of Bio-Digester, Powerknot (Silicon Valley, USA ) in South East Asia Market and Hong Kong / Macau Market.

On-site food waste treatment systems
Zero Waste Solution Pte Ltd

The company provides on-site waste treatment solutions such food waste digester, food waste composter, integrated food waste conveyance solution.

Install a Food Waste Treatment System (2/2)
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See above solution (1/2) for information about the different Food Waste Treatment Systems.

See below for more suppliers.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Suppliers that provide solutions:
Food Waste Management Solutions
Orca

Using cutting edge technology, ORCA allows food waste to be treated on site at the source through the use of aerobic digestion. Reducing the need to store fore waste or having food waste sent to the landfill or incinerators. Catering for all business sizes and volumes of food waste with the smallest unit no bigger than a washing maching.

Take care of Food Contaminated Packaging
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Food contamination can make a packaging non-recyclable. For instance, a clean pizza cardboard box is recyclable. However, when it is contamination with oily food (such as a pizza), the stained cardboard is not recyclable anymore.

Whenever possible, wash or rinse packaging (typically for glass, plastic, and metal packaging) or separate the contaminated parts (typically for paper or cardboard based packaging).

To deal with food contaminated products, it is better to use washable packaging for reuse or recycling. If it is not possible, prioritize using a compostable product that can be thrown along with the rest of the food.

When possible, consider a packaging loop such as Barepack or Muuse.

4% only

of plastic waste is recycled in Singapore. One major hurdle is waste contamination.
(NEA)

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Suppliers that provide solutions:
App-enabled system of returnable containers, for zero-waste takeaway & delivery
Barepack

BarePack is an app to rent & return reusable containers (boxes & cups) to make zero-waste the new norm for takeaway & delivery.

They help corporates in their very offices' cafeteria/ restaurant with a collection/ drop-off system. Once your staff are members through your corporate plan, they can use the solution across Singapore anytime, any day.

The brand is born from the frustration felt having to choose between the convenience of single-use waste and sustainability. "Takeaway great food – not trash!"

They are now also available on Deliveroo, Grabfood and Foodpanda for delivery.

App-enabled system of eco-stylish reusables for takeaway & food delivery
Muuse

Muuse promotes reuse to reduce single-use waste in Singapore. Through their QR-based system, you can borrow and return eco-stylish reusable cups and food boxes to and from 50+ outlets. They're also on GrabFood and foodpanda so you can save on waste the next time you order! To get started, just download the Muuse app. Muuse is subscription-based but you can sign up for a FREE month trial of Muuse Pro. All first-time users can try out the app before committing to an active monthly or annual plan!

Avoid Disposable Dining Ware
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Get rid of single-use plastic / styrofoam cups, plates, cutlery, boxes... Replace them with reusable as much as possible.

Upstream, in priority order:

  • Preferably, use reusable dining ware and put in place the necessary cleaning process
  • If reusable is not an option, if you use a food waste digester, consider using compostable dining ware suitable for it
  • Otherwise, use disposable ware with first lower carbon footprint and then from sustainable sources

Downstream:

  • Recycle if possible (wash before to avoid contamination with food waste)

extra 1.3 million kg

of plastic waste was generated during the two-month circuit breaker against COVID-19 in 2020, due to theincreased demand for takeaway and delivery of meals. It is equivalent to the weight of 92 double-decker buses, without counting the disposable masks and PPE used.
(cgs)

32%

of the 78 million tons of plastic packaging produced annually is left to flow into oceans. It equals pouring one garbage truck of plastic into the ocean every minute.
(World Economic Forum)

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

To understand the difference between biodegradable and compostable, read this article on Ocean Watch

Suppliers that provide solutions:
Sustainable packaging solution
Bfooding

With BFOODING.BIO we provide sustainable and innovative packaging solution to address FMCG and F&B markets. As the trend set leader in Singapore F&B industry, Bfooding awareness is now worldwide.

Bfooding.BIO is part of the SPhere Group European leader in BIO compostable plastics.

Disposable Tableware and Food packaging producer
Packing Green

Packing Green creates disposable tableware and food packaging made from plants. We offer a wide range of sustainable alternatives to traditional plastic disposable tableware. Help reducing the fossil fuel-based plastic use in HORECA and opt for our bio-based packaging collections.

Sustainable Food Packaging producer
Biopak

Biopak's mission is to produce packaging that puts the planet first and their ultimate goal is a waste-free world. They want to offer a very sustainable and innovative packaging and they’re dedicated to reducing any negative impacts their business has on the environment. They are also the first packaging company to become carbon neutral in Australia and New Zealand.

Reuse Dining ware (ceramic)
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Ceramic is not recyclable so it should NEVER be put in the blue bin.

As a result, keeping it longer is the most sustainable option. Opt for buying solid, good quality dining ware.

As ceramic is reusable, consider all other options before throwing your dining ware.

- if it still can be used:

- if it is broken and cannot be used:

  • contact an art school or your kids school art department, they may use it for art pieces such as Kintsugi.
  • make a shout out in your company, some of your colleagues may be artists or know artists and would be very happy to use your broken dining ware.

Remember, broken Ceramic dining ware should be discarded with the general waste and not in the blue bins.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Suppliers that provide solutions:
Collect Recyclables
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Recycle as much as possible (steel, hard plastic, glass...).

For large volume of recyclables, consider working with dedicated waste collectors for each waste stream: glass, metal, hard plastic, cardboard and paper.

For smaller volume of recyclables, the most cost-effective solution is to implement a single-stream mix-recyclable collection and ensure that the waste contractor will do the sorting at their material recovery facility.

Suppliers that provide solutions:
Paper waste management
Tay Paper Recycling Pte Ltd

This company strives to create a better liveable world through recycling. They offer waste management, recycling (paper specialist) and document shredding + recycling services to clients and workplaces. Waste management and recycling services for public and commercial facilities.

Glass waste collector
P&R Resource

P&R Resource Management Pte Ltd organises the collection and transportation of glass waste from F&B and industrial sectors across Singapore. Once collected the glass is sent to a sorting facility in Malaysia, in Pasir Gudang (next to Johor Bahru), where the glass cullet is cleaned and sorted by colours. The sorting facility is operated by PUM Group. From there, the sorted cullet is sent to glass manufacturers.

Use Reusable or Compostable Napkins
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If possible, use reusable napkins to minimise use of disposable items. You will need to put in place the adequate cleaning process.

Otherwise, use lightest and least carbon intensive compostable napkins. You will be able to compost them with your food waste in the food digester.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Suppliers that provide solutions:
Sustainable packaging solution
Bfooding

With BFOODING.BIO we provide sustainable and innovative packaging solution to address FMCG and F&B markets. As the trend set leader in Singapore F&B industry, Bfooding awareness is now worldwide.

Bfooding.BIO is part of the SPhere Group European leader in BIO compostable plastics.

Disposable Tableware and Food packaging producer
Packing Green

Packing Green creates disposable tableware and food packaging made from plants. We offer a wide range of sustainable alternatives to traditional plastic disposable tableware. Help reducing the fossil fuel-based plastic use in HORECA and opt for our bio-based packaging collections.

Sustainable Food Packaging producer
Biopak

Biopak's mission is to produce packaging that puts the planet first and their ultimate goal is a waste-free world. They want to offer a very sustainable and innovative packaging and they’re dedicated to reducing any negative impacts their business has on the environment. They are also the first packaging company to become carbon neutral in Australia and New Zealand.

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Our Buddies have tried, succeeded, failed to implement change in their companies. They share their experience so you can learn, take shortcuts, get inspired and ask questions.

Everybody can become a Buddy and give back to the community; if you are keen, get in touch with us.

Shen Hui Tan
Co-founder - merchandise.blue, Founder - Kizuna

My first job was with a major consulting company in Japan. I appreciated my time there, but was always yearning to do something with a greater direct impact, and something that gives me a greater sense of purpose. I am blessed to have the opportunity to travel the world, and be exposed to different perspectives, ways of living and available alternatives!

A series of serendipitous events led to the founding of merchandise.blue with two highly experienced and interesting friends. Merchandise.blue offers merchandise like uniforms, towels and bags in more environmentally progressive textiles made of materials like seaweed, organic cotton and recycled fishing nets. 

When the opportunity to open Kizuna arose, it was clear that I wanted to apply similar values and principles to this physical space.

Rémi Cesaro
Founder & Director - Zero Waste City

Founder and Director of the consulting business Zero Waste City, Rémi provides engineering consulting services to large commercial and industrial facilities on waste management, energy efficiency, and packaging design.

He has gained a strong experience as a consultant covering a wide range of industries and technologies in New Zealand, Australia, and Singapore.

He is a certified TRUE Advisor (Total Resource Use Efficiency) by the U.S. Green Building Council Inc. This certification recognised his knowledge in Zero Waste programs and his ability to support businesses to achieve the TRUE Zero Waste certification.

Claire Chabrières
Founder – ShiokFarm

Entrepreneurial by nature, Claire started ShiokFarm in 2015 when realising the high prices for organic fruit and vegetables in Singapore. Based on the French AMAP model, in which Farmers and a community create a partnership in order to reduce food waste and cost, ShiokFarm aims to provide families and offices in Singapore with affordable organic fruit and vegetables while reducing food waste. Starting with a small Facebook group, Claire has succeeded in making ShiokFarm an outstanding organic business.

Yen Lyng Loh
Marketing & Sales Director - A1 Environment

Coming from a background of digital media, film-making, and digital marketing, Yen-Lyng fell into the sustainability field when she joined a waste management company as a Recycling Ambassador. During that time, she saw the many intricacies and challenges facing the very overlooked and underappreciated world of waste. So, when given the opportunity of working on a coffee recycling project, Yen-Lyng jumped at it. She will tell you more about her why and what of coffee recycling in her sharing and the challenges of lauching sustainable projects.