Singapore households are guilty of generating $147.6 million of food waste a year: Survey

Maybe you’ve thrown out rotten cheese that you found after after a raid of your refrigerator, or walked away from plates of uneaten food on the table after an all-you-can-eat buffet.

But almost all of us can be found guilty of one thing: wasting food.

According to a survey released on Oct 16 by appliance maker Electrolux Singapore, the average Singapore household throws away about $125 (S$170) worth of food and beverages a year.

And to put that in perspective, it amounts to a total of more than $147.6 million annually.

Yes, that is massive.

The study commissioned by Electrolux polled 1,000 households, and comprised of respondents aged 18 to 65.

It was part of #HappyPlateSG, the company’s annual community initiative since 2015 to raise awareness on food wastage.

The Straits Times reported that the amount of food waste produced rose from 542,700 tonnes in 2006 to 790,000 tonnes in 2016 – which is an increase of more than 40% in the past 10 years.

So it might be time to get serious about cutting back on food wastage.

The Electrolux Home Food Waste survey revealed that 20% of those surveyed would not eat food past its expiration date.

But that being said, it was found that 58% would still eat the food product even after the expiration date if it looks fine.

The vast majority of the households (84%) were shocked, guilty, sad and angry when they were informed of the level of food wastage by their follow Singaporeans.

In a quote carried by PRNewswire, Mr Douglas Chua, the general manager of Electrolux Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan, said: “Tackling food waste is the cornerstone of our yearly initiative. This year, our focus is on food in storage, such as pantries and refrigerators“.

“Often, we buy food, store them, but end up forgetting to consume them before their indicated dates on the packaging. This results in their eventual disposal. We want to encourage behavioural change that will allow for greater food sustainability and reduced waste”.