KUALA LUMPUR, May 30 2016 : Malaysia’s food waste statistics have never been more shocking: daily, households churn out some 3,000 metric tonnes of leftover food that is essentially untouched and still edible and this amount is sufficient to feed two million hungry people.
On the whole, all types of food waste make up about 40 per cent, or 15,000 metric tonnes, of household waste in Malaysia daily.
These figures are based on research carried out by Solid Waste and Public Cleansing Management Corporation (SWCorp) in 2015.
SWCorp Federal Territory director Hazilah Gumri said its study also found that a household of five spent an average of RM900 a month on food and that a quarter of that food was wasted during preparation, cooking and usage.
“This means that about RM225 (literally) goes into the dustbin every month, which works out to RM2,700 a year,” she said when presenting a paper titled “How Consumers Can Benefit From Reducing Food Waste” at the MYSaveFood forum recently.
The one-day forum was organised by the MYSaveFood secretariat under the Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI) and opened by Deputy Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Minister Nogeh Gumbek.
Hazilah said while 80 per cent of the food waste was considered “unavoidable”, 20 per cent was “avoidable”.
SWCorp oversees the solid waste management system in Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, Kedah, Perlis, Perak, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor.