Tender open for food waste management pilot at hawker centres: NEA

Tender open for food waste management pilot at hawker centres: NEA
Both Tiong Bahru Market (above) and Ang Mo Kio Block 628 Market each generate more than 1 tonne of food waste per day.

SINGAPORE - The National Environment Agency (NEA) today called a tender for a two-year on-site food waste management pilot to be run at Tiong Bahru Market and Ang Mo Kio Block 628 Market.

According to a media statement from NEA, the pilot aims to test the economic viability and operational feasibility of food waste segregation and recycling in hawker centres, as part of government's effort to move towards being a zero-waste nation.

The winning bidder(s) will be required to provide the leasing and maintenance of two on-site food waste recycling machines, which will convert segregated food waste and leftover food from the hawker stalls to either water or compost.

The machines are expected to reduce the volume of food waste by at least 90 per cent per day, said NEA.

As part of the process, the company will also be required to provide training and infrastructure for cleaners and stall holders to properly segregate food waste, as well as submit project reports on relevant information for NEA to assess the level of success of the pilot.

Tiong Bahru Market and Ang Mo Kio Block 628 Market were chosen for the pilot based on the number and mix of stalls types, and the space available at the hawker centres for the food recycling facilities. It is estimated that the two hawker centres each generates more than one tonne of food waste per day.

The tender will open from today, May 18, 2015 and will close at 4pm on Jun 4, 2015. The pilot is expected to be launched in the fourth quarter of 2015.

candicec@sph.com.sg 

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