Food Wise Hong Kong Campaign

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The Food Wise Hong Kong Campaign, was launched by the former Environment Bureau in May 2013 to promote a food wise and waste less culture, and to instill behavioural changes in the community to avoid and reduce the generation of food waste at source through various schemes and activities, such as Food Wise Charter, Food Wise Eateries Scheme, and the publicity of the “Big Waster”,.


Campaign’s Objectives

  1. Promote awareness of the community on the food waste management problems in Hong Kong in support of government policies to achieve the visions in the Waste Blueprint for Hong Kong 2035 and the target of attaining carbon neutrality before 2050
  2. Encourage and facilitate the separation and collection of the unavoidable food waste to enhance recycling of resources and help achieve carbon neutrality target
  3. Coordinate efforts within the Government and public institutions to lead by example in food waste reduction
  4. Instill behavioural changes in the community at individual and household levels that will help reduce food waste generation
  5. Draw up and promote good practices on food waste reduction of commercial and industrial establishments
  6. Encourage leadership in the commercial, industrial and community sectors to take action and share best practices
  7. Facilitate food donation between the establishments with surplus food with charitable organizations in the community
  8. Encourage avoidance of the use of disposable plastic tableware and reduction in food packaging

Steering Committee


Terms of Reference
The Food Wise Hong Kong Steering Committee was set up on 3 December 2012 and tasked to formulate and oversee the implementation strategy of the Food Wise Hong Kong Campaign to accomplish the objectives of the Campaign.

The Food Wise Hong Kong Steering Committee is chaired by the Secretary for Environment and Ecology with members drawn from various sectors including catering, hotels, property management, environmental hygiene services, education, advertising, green groups and relevant government departments.

Membership List of Food Wise Hong Kong Steering Committee
   Secretary for Environment and Ecology

   Mr Kiyotaka ANDO
   Ms CHAN Shin-kwan
   Ms HO Pui-suen, Judy
   Mr KAM Lin-wang, Carrel
   Dr KEUNG Yim-mei
   Dr LAI-gor, Amie
   Mr Leung Chun-wah
   Mr LING Wai-hon
   Mr MAK Man-chiu
   Mr MAU Kwok-sheung
   Ms NG Man-yin, Connie
   Ms NGAN Tsz Ching, Bridget
   Mr POON Kin-leung
   Mr TAM Siu-sing
   Ms TOA Hang-yin
   Mr WONG Ka-kin, Ken
   Mr WU Shui-lun, Alex
   Mr YIP Hing-kwok, Wilson
   Mr YIP Ka-yun
   Representative of the Education Bureau
   Representative of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department
   Representative of the Home Affairs Department
   Representative of the Housing Department
   Representative of the Information Services Department
   Representative of the Social Welfare Department

   Assistant Director (Waste Reduction)

Note1: with effect from 1 July 2023 for 2 years.


Food Wise Charter



The Food Wise Charter is to :
✓Encourage Hong Kong businesses/organizations in adopting measures to reduce food waste generation within their establishments or through the services and products they provide; and
✓recognize the waste reduction efforts of those organizations.

Charter’s Statement
We understand and agree that
✓Hong Kong has a worrisome waste problem. We dump about 1.27 kg municipal solid waste per person per day.
✓Food waste is the largest source of municipal solid waste. In 2011, we dumped about 3,600 tonnes of food waste in landfills every day – about 40 per cent of municipal solid waste.
✓When food is wasted, apart from the cost implications, all the land, water, fertilizer and labour needed to grow that food are also wasted. In addition, greenhouse gas emissions are produced by the decomposing food in landfills and by the transport of food that is ultimately thrown away.
✓To realise the vision of a truly sustainable world, we need to transform the way we produce and consume our natural resources. We can all play a useful part to reduce food waste for the benefit of our community.
To contribute to reducing food waste from the community, we are committed to
✓Promoting best practices and behavioral changes to reduce food waste.
✓Drawing up plans to promote the awareness and acceptance of food waste reduction best practices by stakeholders within our organisations.
✓Implementing plans with measurable targets to reduce food waste in our organisations and business settings.
✓Encouraging and supporting the management of organisations to conduct in-house waste audits and to use the results of those audits to improve waste management performance.
✓Supporting the Food Wise Hong Kong Campaign and similar initiatives to encourage behavioral and cultural changes that engender respects for our precious food and natural resources.
✓Promoting and adopting recipes that make use of food trimmings.
✓Supporting food donation activities whenever possible.

Participating Organisations

Application Form


Food Wise Eateries Scheme


The Environmental Protection Department launched the “Food Wise Eateries” Scheme in 2015 to encourage eateries to reduce food waste at source together with customer through offering portioned meals and adopting food waste reduction measures. Applications are accepted all year round and are FREE of charge.

Privileges and Benefits to Participants
Participants of the Scheme will be awarded with a Food Wise Eateries (FWE) accreditation status if they comply with the assessment criteria and will be granted with corresponding Logos and Stickers for display at at their shops for customers to identify. In addition, the name of participated eateries with address will be displayed at “Openrice” website and this webpage to build up green eatery image.


Requirement of Scheme
Applicants should submit a business registration (BR) certificate relating to its business and a valid Food licence/permit issued by Food and Environmental Hygiene Department or a valid Club (Safety or Premises) Ordinance Certificate of Compliance issued by Home Affairs Department.

The Scheme has two classes of recognition on the commitment of participating eateries:
  1. Silver Class
  2. Gold Class
Please refer to the Application Guideline for details on the assessment criteria for each class.

Requirements for Silver Class
Applicants should fulfill the following requirements to achieve the Silver Class of the Food Wise Eateries status::
  1. Convey food wise message to customers using promotional materials
  2. Promote the message for consuming all ordered foods or taking away leftovers
  3. Adopt AT LEAST ONE of the following food portioning option / food waste reduction measures
    • i. Provide option of less rice (Other main foods are also applicable, e.g. noodles / congee / spaghetti / potato & vegetable / salad / French fries)
    • ii. Provide option on the number of courses in set menu (e.g. starter / soup / desserts are optional, 6 main courses or less for banquet, fewer number of courses for set meal)
    • iii. Provide portion size option for main course (e.g. steak, fish, chicken)
    • iv. Provide portion size option for pizza / dish / meal (e.g. regular size, large size or small size)
    • v. Provide portion option for dim sum / sushi (e.g. different number of pieces per dish)
    • vi. Serve hors d’oeuvre / side dishes / snacks only upon request by customer or provide option of no hors d’oeuvre / side dishes / snacks
    • vii.Pre-portion or set smaller portion for food in buffet
    • viii. Provide incentives to encourage customers to consume all ordered food without leftover
    • ix. Provide on-site meal portioning instead of pre-packed meal box
Requirements for Gold Class
Applicants should fulfill the following requirements to achieve the Gold Class of the Food Wise Eateries status:
  1. Meet the requirements for Silver Class
  2. Adopt AT LEAST THREE additional food waste reduction measures with each measure coming from different categories (A to D) below:

    A. Management and Commitment
    1. Sign Food Wise Charter
    2. Formulate a Company Food Management Policy with the aim to reduce food waste
    3. Monitor food waste generation and identify food waste reduction measures

    B. Training and Promotion
    1. Assign at least ONE staff with a role as Food Wise Manager / coordinator / ambassador to deliver proper training to staff and ensure they will convey the food wise message to customers
    2. Provide training to staff to instill food-wise culture and good practice on food waste reduction

    C. Food Processing
    1. Adopt FIFO (first-in-first-out) system for stored food
    2. Store food with proper control of conditions, inspect and maintain proper functioning of storage facilities regularly to prevent spoilage
    3. Adopt recipes that make good use of surplus food and/or food trimmings

    D. Donation and Recycling
    1. Donate surplus edible food to food recycling banks or non-profit making organization
    2. Separate of food waste for on-site or off-site recycling

Application Process
Those who are interested in joining the Scheme are required to submit the duly completed Application Form and required supporting information to the Scheme Secretariat by mail, fax or email. The Application processes are as follow:

Stage Eateries (Applicants)
Step 1:
Application Submission
  1. Application Form
  2. Copies of Business Registration and valid permit / licence
  3. Supporting documents to prove the implementation of measures
Step 2:
Initial Assessment
Provide further information if necessary
Step 3:
Status Approval
  1. Receive confirmation of status as Food Wise Eatery
  2. Obtain FWE logo and sticker
Step 4:
Ongoing Support
  1. Provide relevant training to staff
  2. Assure the provision of food portioning options on a regular basis and/or implementation of other food waste reduction measures
  3. Deploy FWE logo and sticker
  4. Communicate proactively with customers to promote food wise message and encourage customers to consume all foods and take away leftovers
Step 5:
Performance Evaluation
Complete and return a performance evaluation questionnaires 3 months after status approval

Participating Eateries

Application Form and Enquiry


Food Wise Talks

To raise public’s awareness of the food waste problem in Hong Kong and cultivate a “Food Wise and Waste Less” culture, the Food Wise Hong Kong Campaign regularly arranges talks for schools and organizations to introduce topics on food wise and food waste reduction and recycling. The talks are FREE of charge.

If you are interested in signing up for a food wise talk, please email or contact the Secretariat at 3690 7853 for registration.




Food Waste Reduction Tips


Think before you buy

Have a detailed shopping list to avoid over-purchase

  1. Take stock of your food at home and make a shopping list.
  2. Stick to your buying plan, instead of being a victim of sales pitches.
  3. Buy individually packed food if you have a small family and share bulk purchases with friends and neighbours.
  4. Properly manage, and check the food in your fridge and cupboard (e.g, quantity and expiry dates) to avoid buying duplicates, over purchasing and food from expiring.
Think before you cook

Ask yourself how much you can eat before you cook.

  1. Before cooking, ask yourself and others how much they want to eat.
  2. Consider light-portioned food if there are only a a few people for the meal.
  3. Many light-portioned recipes are available on the internet. Try those recipes to save money and waste less.
Think before you order

Order food according to your needs, if you don’t want leftovers.

  1. Think how much you can eat before you order. Choose suitable portions to avoid over-ordering.
  2. Ask for "Less rice" if necessary.
  3. If the portion is too large, share the dish with your friends. This can help avoid wasting food!
  4. When you are eating out, always take leftovers home. You can have a free lunch next day. Save money and waste less food!


Food Waste Reuse Tips – Cleaning and Planting
  1. Rice-rinsed water can be used for planting and cleaning
  2. Coffee grounds can be used for removing odor, cleaning and preventing insects
  3. Chemical detergents can be replaced by homemade eco-detergents with tea bags and various fruit peels
  4. Banana peels can be used as oil cleaner and keep the shoes shine
  5. Grinded egg shells can be used as fertilizers for planting
  6. Recycled oil can be used to make eco-soap
Food Waste Reuse Tips – Dinning
  1. Make use of the unavoidable food waste such as fish bones and shrimp heads to cook soup or other dishes
  2. Use excessive cooked rice to make fried rice or cook with soup to make a delicious dish
  3. Rip the cooked meat into hair-like pieces to make shredded pork and freak shark fin soup
  4. Overripe bananas can be stored at freezer and mixed with milk to make banana shake
  5. Tangerine peel after dehydration under sunlight can be used to make dessert and cook with congee to enhance flavor
  6. Preserve tangerine in salt for months to make a salty tangerine which treats sore throat

Food Wise Recipes

To enhance the public's awareness of food wise, we have invited celebrity chefs from Hong Kong to share tips on reducing food waste. They will provide innovative recipes that utilize leftovers, with the aim of spreading the message of valuing food and reducing waste.
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