HONG KONG -- A government-sponsored research institute and the City University of Hong Kong have teamed up on an innovative solution to the problem of the mountains of waste food that pile up every day.
An ever-larger amount of food is thrown away during the course of its daily production, distribution and consumption. This includes not only leftovers but, for example, vegetables that are not within the standard range of size or shape.
Waste food also causes disposal problems. Because of its small land area, Hong Kong does not have sufficient landfills, and the city has been slow in making efforts to separate the 9,000 tons of garbage collected every day. Food waste is believed to account for a third of that.