Huzhou enacts regulation combating food waste | Updated: Jan 5, 2021


Anti-food waste posters are put up in Nanxun district, Huzhou. [Photo/WeChat:huzhoufabu]

A resolution to curb food waste that was passed by the standing committee of the Huzhou People's Congress recently went into effect in Huzhou, East China's Zhejiang province.

The move is part of a series of measures taken by the city to echo the central government's call to combat food waste.

In early December last year, Huzhou started to implement a local guideline concerning food waste restriction, the first of its kind in Zhejiang province.

In September, special staff responsible for instructing guests to dine in a civilized manner and avoid food waste started to serve on duty in 70 catering units in the city's downtown area.

In addition, the city has also launched a series of promotional activities to promote food saving behavior.

In a senior nursing center in Wuxing district, free boxes are specially prepared for diners to take their leftovers home. Meanwhile, meals are delivered to their doorstep in accordance with their tastes and appetite level.


Children show their emptied plates after a meal in Huzhou's Southern Taihu Lake New District. [Photo/WeChat:huzhoufabu]

Students in Xinfeng village of Nanxun district were taught to paint pictures related to themes like food saving.

In Changxing county, residents are encouraged to scale down banquets and reasonably set banquet standards.

Meanwhile, some places around the city has also initiated the "plate emptying" campaign to curb food waste.

One such example is Tianzihu town in Anji county. Incentives like gifts including soaps, tissues, and cooking oils are offered to employees in local enterprises to empty plates.

The campaign has proved to be effective in Huzhou No 1 Middle School. Official data shows that the daily kitchen waste in the school has been reduced from the original five barrels to less than a barrel. An average of 15 kilograms of rice is saved per meal in the school.