Food waste being turned into fertiliser, feed

A cleaning assistant places food waste into an eco-digester at a local shopping centre, on March 26, 2019.
A cleaning assistant places food waste into an eco-digester at a local shopping centre, on March 26, 2019.ST PHOTO: JASON QUAH

Where does your food waste go after you return your tray at the foodcourt? Most of the time, it ends up in the incinerator, further damaging the environment.

Developers such as Lendlease are looking to do more by working with tenants and installing eco-digesters to direct food waste into sewers instead. Some other versions of the machine, such as those by Westcom Solutions, turn the waste into fertiliser or animal feed.

The local company has food machines in about 30 buildings here, including schools and hospitals.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 16, 2019, with the headline 'Food waste being turned into fertiliser, feed'. Print Edition | Subscribe