According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, one-third of the food produced globally, or 1.3 billion tonnes, is wasted every year. The National Environment Agency (NEA) estimated that Singapore threw away 790,000 tonnes of food in 2014.
To this end, Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa has installed a smart system in one of its kitchens to monitor food waste. The system was developed by Winnow Solutions. Winnow Solutions is a United Kingdom-based company that took part in the Innovation Pitch at the CleanEnviro Summit Singapore 2016 earlier in July.
The Winnow System is a smart meter that is integrated with a kitchen’s waste bin. It comprises a scale, an LCD panel and wireless connectivity. Before anything is thrown away, the type of food is selected using the panel. After the food is disposed, the system automatically weighs how much has been discarded, and also calculates and displays the dollar value of the wasted food.
The system was installed in January this year in Kwee Zeen, the hotel’s 230-seater international restaurant. The staffs receive reports from the system every morning.
It is estimated that the hotel has reduced its food waste by 2 to 4 per cent since the system was installed.