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Report food waste data, malls and hotels told

From next year, about 250 shopping malls and hotels will have to report waste and recycling data to NEA, amid growing amount of waste generated here.

Published on Apr 29, 2014 8:08 AM
 
Singapore dumped a record high 796,000 tonnes of food last year. Only about 13 per cent was recycled. The amount of food waste – including cooked food and expired packaged products – last year was a 42.4 per cent leap from the 2007 figure, far outpacing the 17.7 per cent growth in population. -- ST FILE PHOTO

About 250 shopping malls and hotels will need to report waste and recycling data to the National Environment Agency (NEA) from next year.

They must state the weight of waste discarded and that channelled for reuse and recycling, broken down by type, such as paper, metals and food. Their reports must reach the agency by the first quarter of next year.

Companies must also submit waste reduction plans.

The amount of waste generated in Singapore has been rising over the years. Last year, some 7.85 million tonnes were generated, up from 7.27 million tonnes in 2012. The 2011 figure was 6.9 million tonnes.

 
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Background story

RISING 'MOUNTAINS'

Amount of waste

generated in...

2011:

6.9 million tonnes

2012:

7.27 million tonnes

2013:

About 7.85 million tonnes

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