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Singapore: Throw-Away Nation

The disposable age, along with increasing affluence, is resulting in a rising tide of waste generated in Singapore.


Singaporeans wasted up to 785,500 tonnes of food in 2015. This is equivalent to each person throwing away every day 2 bowls of food.

Food From The Heart, a voluntary welfare organisation that channels unwanted bread from hotels and bakeries to needy families and individuals, collects more than 28,000kg of bread every month, which adds up to an astounding 336 tonnes of bread a year that would otherwise have been discarded.

SINCE domestic helper Cherryann-Lynn Santos, 36, started working for a family in Singapore nine years ago, she has been "shopping" at the dumpster at her condominium in the east for gifts to send home for Christmas. "We find clothes and shoes that are still brand-new because they still have...

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