Chat groups in local universities help reduce food waste

Organised systems have sprouted up in universities in Singapore, namely Nanyang Technological University, National University of Singapore and Singapore Management University, to help mobilise armies of hungry students to clear up leftovers at buffets on campus, writes Fabian Koh for The Straits Times.

A chat group on the messaging app Telegram was set up on 21 September by first-year Nanyang Technological University students Marisa Lee and Valerie Wong, both 20, reported the Nanyang Chronicle. There are currently more than 1,800 people in the group as of last Tuesday.

They were inspired to start the group after noticing full trays of rice, meat and vegetables being swept into a bin, while leaving a lecture. The Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information students figured they could save money if they had access to the leftovers, and decided to take action. The group's popularity has surged, with students praising it for reducing food wastage, widening their food options on campus and helping them cut meal expenses.
Full report on The Straits Times site