Developed by TRIA, a Singapore based company that develops sustainable food packaging, the Bio24 programme (https://triabio24.com) is a zero-waste ecosystem solution that turns single-use foodware, packaging, and food waste into farm-ready fertiliser. By replacing the plastics used in single-use foodware with a plant-based material called NEUTRIA, foodservice waste can be streamlined into a single organic waste stream.
This can then be digested by TRIA’s patented biodigester, which turns the waste into fertiliser within 24 hours.
The main objective of the trial was to better understand the digestibility of food and packaging waste materials as well as the viability of operational adoption. In addition to iEat Café’s operations, about 600 kg of food waste was collected from SATS Inflight Catering Centre (SICC) 1 and successfully digested into compost in order to test the quality of the resultant digestate. By the end of the trial period, iEat Café managed to achieve zero waste on 91.5% of their foodservice by-products by turning food and packaging waste into nutrient-rich compost.