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Prof Daniel Goh Pei Siong: To ask the Minister for the
Environment and Water Resources (a) in 2018, how much food waste have been
generated by (i) residential households (ii) food industries (iii) food and
beverage outlets (iv) markets and supermarkets and (v) other sources
respectively; and (b) what is the progress for implementing food waste
segregation and treatment in each of these sectors.
Reply by Mr Masagos
In 2018, 763,000 tonnes of food waste
was generated. Of this, half was from residential households. The remainder was
from other sources, which includes food manufacturers, hotels, shopping malls
and hawker centres. The National Environment Agency (NEA) does not track the
specific amount of food waste generated from food industries, food and beverage
outlets, markets and supermarkets.
2 Food waste segregation and treatment for
residential households are currently undertaken on a voluntary basis. From
August to October last year, my Ministry conducted a household food waste
segregation pilot at Tampines GreenLace. The initial results from the pilot were
encouraging and more than 4000 kg of food waste was collected over three
months. The pilot has been extended upon the request of residents and my
Ministry is currently monitoring the extended pilot together with our partner
Zero Waste SG.
3 For commercial and industrial premises, 23
premises have obtained funding support through NEA’s 3R Fund
to install on-site food waste treatment systems. Another 23 premises have been
segregating their food waste and sending it for treatment at the Ulu Pandan
Water Reclamation Facility, where it is co-digested with used water sludge.
4 From 2024, my Ministry will require
commercial and industrial premises that generate large amounts of food waste to
undertake food waste segregation for treatment. From 2021, developers of new
developments where large amounts of food waste are expected to be generated
will also be required to allocate space for on-site food waste treatment in
their building plans. These regulations will be put into effect through the
Resource Sustainability Bill that is to be introduced in Parliament.
Last updated: 06 Aug 2019
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