Voices Of Youth

Dark side of boom in food delivery

Food delivery services like UberEats and Food Panda have been gaining popularity in Singapore over the past few years.

However, an abundant amount of waste is produced as a result.

Food is delivered in a plastic container. Plastic cutlery will be provided. All these are placed in a plastic bag.

If we multiply these by the thousands, the amount of plastic used is unimaginable.

Food packaging makes up a sizeable proportion of Singapore's waste - it made up 11 per cent of 766,800 tonnes of plastic waste in 2015.

With the food delivery industry growing at a rapid pace, I am afraid waste produced will only increase alarmingly.

It is time we spared a thought for the environment, rather than our own convenience.

Tessa Seow Chu-Yu, 16 Secondary 4 student

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 27, 2017, with the headline 'Dark side of boom in food delivery'. Subscribe