2 pilots on recycling food waste

2 pilots on recycling food waste
An old man clears tables in a hawker centre at Ang Mo Kio. TODAY file photo
Published: 9:05 PM, March 11, 2015
Updated: 1:45 AM, March 12, 2015

SINGAPORE — Two pilots on food waste recycling will be conducted to improve the management and recycling of such waste, said Second Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Grace Fu today (March 11).

The first pilot involving two hawker centres will try out different on-site recycling models. Each hawker centre will have an on-site recycling machine to convert segregated food waste and leftover food to water or compost, said the National Environment Agency (NEA). Stallholders and table-cleaners will be taught the proper methods of segregating food waste, it added.

Details of which hawker centres will be involved in the two-year pilot will be announced later.

The second pilot will be conducted in Clementi at a district-level, said Ms Fu, speaking at a debate today on her ministry’s budget.

Segregated food waste will be collected from premises such as shopping malls, schools, hospitals and office buildings, then transported to an off-site test facility at the Ulu Pandan Water Reclamation Plant for anaerobic co-digestion.

The NEA said this pilot will examine the economic viability of district-level food waste collection services and off-site treatment at a centralised recycling facility, as well as assess the feasibility of recovering energy from food waste and used-water sludge.

Over the past decade, food waste has increased by about 48 per cent and is expected to rise further, it said.