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Not Food-ing Around

By Jolene Gina Abelarde

The eye-catching and imposing art installation serves as a reminder to students for how much food waste they are truly generating. | Photo by Audrey Leong
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The eye-catching and imposing art installation serves as a reminder to students for how much food waste they are truly generating. | Photo by Audrey Leong

Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP) aims to educate both students and staff on the serious impacts of food wastage and cultivate better habits

To be held on Jun 3 from 10am to 5pm at block 73, World Environmental Day@NP is the inaugural event targeted at reducing the amount of food waste generated on campus.

According to Dr Noorashikin, 45, a member of the NP Environmental Sustainability Education Sub-committee, this event was planned in conjunction with the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) World Environment Day that is celebrated annually on Jun 5. Dr Noorashikin said that the committee had registered their event under UNEP and NP will likely appear on the official website.

NP’s Estate Management stated that the school generates 96 trash bins worth of food waste a day, a total of 63,360 litres and an average of 12 bins an hour. Dr Noorashikin also pointed out that despite plastic being one of the five most disposed items, it is amongst the two least recycled.

This is the narrative behind the hulking installation displayed in the field outside block 73. It features used plastic cups from NP cascading out of – an apt number –12 trash bins.

Lim Zi Ting Jodie, 19, a Pharmacy Science student, said that it was “a nice art form” and it made her think about “possibly better ways to minimise waste since NP doesn’t do much”.

Dr Noorashikin shared that the event will be broken into three segments: Learning, Do and Pledge.

The Learning booth will have fun facts and video clips to raise awareness about the issue of food wastage and the Do booth will allow students to design their own tote bags and key chains for free.

The Pledge booth will include a photo booth, ice cream booth and a unique game called Wheel of Dare, where players will be rewarded with ice cream for every dare completed. The game is modelled after the famed advertising campaign by Fantastic Delites, said Low Yok Yun, 18, the head student organiser for the event.

“We hope that students takeaway a habit they can use to reduce waste,” said Dr Noorashikin.

Despite the event being held during the common test period, Dr Noorashikin contends that this would be a good break for the students. After all, there would be free ice cream.

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