Digester turns Singaporeans' food waste into fertiliser in just 24 hours

The interior of the food digester at Pandan Loop Industrial Estate, which has the capacity to produce about a tonne of fertiliser every month. The microbes used in the machine are said to work better on local food waste.
The interior of the food digester at Pandan Loop Industrial Estate, which has the capacity to produce about a tonne of fertiliser every month. The microbes used in the machine are said to work better on local food waste.ST PHOTO: GAVIN FOO

Take a tonne of rice, chicken, fish, noodles and other leftovers from the lunch of a few hundred people.

Put all of that into a machine and, within 24 hours, that mountain of scrap will be turned into fertiliser for gardens.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 11, 2018, with the headline 'Digester turns Singaporeans' food waste into fertiliser in just 24 hours'. Print Edition | Subscribe