FuturePak 2010

May 28, 2010 by  
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FuturePak 2010

11-12 October 2010

Singapore

FuturePak 2010 is a platform to help you consider innovations and sustainability when making decisions about packaging systems. This event will help you understand where and how your decisions impact the use of resources (energy, waste, land) and production of waste and greenhouse gases.

Attend this event to gain insights on what’s upcoming in the realm of packaging to help your company stay ahead of the curve. The conference will provide critical insights of packaging related professionals on topics ranging from new technologies, sustainability, waste management, novel materials and design to marketing aspects that will help your company rise to the top. Participate and share ideas, get inspired and hear what other people are doing differently when faced with the same challenge

Key Topics to be discussed:

  • Focusing on cost-effective packaging to balance the costs whilst improving the quality
  • Integrating environmental decision-making into your packaging processes to contribute to a greener and more sustainable life cycle
  • Strengthening partnership with suppliers and stakeholders to enhance the packaging processes
  • Positioning packaging as the purchase motivator by furthering innovation to gauge consumers’ perspectives of packaging innovation and putting feedback into action
  • Identifying the right materials for your product packaging to add value to your product
  • Converging on effective methods to reduce packaging waste to save costs and the environment
  • Achieving a perfect balance of quality and low-cost operations in your packaging value chain by leveraging on Lean Six Sigma

For more info, please contact the Marketing Exec, Ms. Lee Chew Wan

Telephone: +603 2723 6748

Email: LeeC @marcusevanskl.com

Explore Simple and Cost-Effective Ways to Maximise the Use of Our Existing Recycling Infrastructure

May 26, 2010 by  
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Grace Chua from the Straits Times wrote an article yesterday on Recycling: Time to get our act together. She suggested some laws and improvements to increase the recycling efforts of households and businesses.

Before considering her suggestions for households, I would suggest that the National Environment Agency (NEA) explore simple and cost-effective ways to maximise the use of our existing recycling infrastructure, which often is underutilised or misused.

The National Recycling Programme (NRP) has been implemented at HDB estates and landed properties since 2001, where residents are given either recycling bags or bins for recyclables, which are collected once every 2 weeks from their doorsteps. With the NRP, households can recycle conveniently and do not even have to walk downstairs to the nearest recycling bin or walk out of their house to the chutes to recycle. Households can also make use of the recycling bins near their flats since there are one set of recycling bins for every five blocks of flats.

For households in condominiums and private apartments, they can recycle through the recycling programme at their residence as it is mandatory from 2008 for all condominiums and private apartments to put in place recycling programmes.

With the existing recycling infrastructure, the NEA should aim to maximise its usage and tweak it to increase recycling, before deciding to implement new laws, place more bins or add more separate chutes system, which is likely to increase business costs and be passed on to the residents.

To make full use of the existing recycling infrastructure, the NEA could study simple and cost-effective ways to “nudge” households and increase recycling participation. In the book, Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard, by Chip Heath and Dan Heath, the authors pointed out two common misconceptions on change, which we can adapt to help increase recycling.

One, “what looks like resistance is often a lack of clarity”. We need to provide crystal-clear direction to the households on the recycling programme. Some questions to ask: Are the households aware or clear about the NRP in terms of why there is a need to have the programme; how the programme works; what items can be recycled; how the collection is done; how frequent is the collection, and where the recyclables end up? Can we appoint volunteer recycling ambassadors or guides to help the residents? Can we use more mass media and social media to explain the recycling programme and spread the message?

Two, “what looks like a people problem is often a situation problem”. We need to make it easier for the households to recycle by tweaking the existing recycling infrastructure. Some questions to ask: How to make it easier for households to remember the recycling dates; identify what items can be recycled; and find the nearest recycling bin? Can we place a reminder on each rubbish bin and chute to remind residents to recycle? Can we provide data for comparing recycling performance for each estate or block? Can we use social media and smartphone apps to remind residents on their recycling collection dates? Can we place better images of recyclables on the recycling bags or bins to show clearly what items are recyclable?

The NEA should study simple and cost-effective ways before implementing new laws, bins or systems whose increased costs could be borne by the residents.

Besides recycling, it is also important to focus more on reduce and reuse. There is a sequence to the widely known 3Rs – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. “Reduce” should always be practised first to minimise or prevent the waste from being generated in the beginning. Next, “Reuse” the generated waste over again for the same or different purpose. Lastly, “Recycle” the waste so that it can be processed and used as a new material. Recycling still involves energy and resources to process the used material, and should be done last.

An edited version was published at ST Forum Online.

2nd Solid Waste Summit China 2010

May 21, 2010 by  
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Date: 16 – 17 Sep 2010

The 2nd Solid Waste Summit China 2010 will be held on September 16th -17th in Shanghai, China.

2nd Solid Waste Summit China 2010 is expected to gather 200+ top decision makers and experts from the solid waste related industries including National & Regional Government Officials, Environment Service Providers, Plant & Facility Operators, Equipment Manufacturers, System Providers, Technical Solution Providers, Engineering & Construction Companies, Pre-treatment & Recycling Service Providers, Derivatives Trading Operators, Transport Service Providers, Consulting/ Legal/ Accounting Firms, Investment Banks & Venture capitals, Research Institutes and Universities etc.

The high-profile event consisting of one main conference and one workshop, will highlight the policy updates, market trend, investment & financing mechanism, technical innovations and international & regional case studies in terms of MSW Management, Hazardous Waste Treatment, Contaminated Site/Soil Remediation, Sewage Sludge & Leachate Disposal, Food Waste Management, Biomass, WTE, Incineration, LFGTE, Gasification, Anaerobic Digestion, Pre-treatment, MBT, RDF and Recycling, etc to share proven business intelligence and to provide long-term market insights.

2nd Solid Waste Summit China 2010 dedicates itself to providing a leading-edge multinational one-on-one networking, market expanding and informative platform for industry members to explore the sustainable development of urban refuse comprehensive and circular utilization strategies based upon strategic partnership.

For more detailed information, please visit the event official website: http://www.solidwastesummit.com.

Or contact the event organizing committee:

Ms. Tina Tian

Tel: +86 21 5181 5373

Email: tina@igvision.com

Singapore 2009 Waste Statistics

May 4, 2010 by  
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The latest 2009 waste statistics and recycling rate for Singapore can be found at the National Environment Agency’s website. An overview of the waste figures can be found in the following infographic:

Singapore 2009 Waste Statistics

Waste Generated refers to the total amount of waste generated in Singapore, which is the addition of Waste Disposed and Waste Recycled. Waste Disposed refers to the total amount of waste disposed at the four waste-to-energy or incineration plants, and at the offshore Semakau Landfill. Waste Recycled refers to the total amount of waste that is recycled locally or exported overseas for recycling.

In 2009, about 6.1 million tonnes of waste was generated in Singapore, and each person generated around 1,230 kg of waste. The recycling rate in Singapore for 2009 is 57% and has been increasing steadily over the years. Based on this rate of increase, there should be no problem in reaching the targeted 60% recycling rate by 2012 set in the Singapore Green Plan 2012, and the targeted 70% recycling rate by 2030 set in the Sustainable Singapore Blueprint.

43% of Singapore’s waste is still disposed, with 41% going to the waste-to-energy plants for incineration and energy recovery, and 2% of non-incinerable waste such as construction and demolition waste, used slag and treated sludge, going to the Semakau Landfill for landfilling.

% Composition of Waste Generated

The top 5 waste types make up 74% of the total waste generated in Singapore, which are either disposed of at the waste-to-energy plants and landfill, or recycled locally and exported:

  1. Paper/Cardboard (20%)
  2. Construction Debris (19%)
  3. Ferrous Metal (14%)
  4. Plastics (11%)
  5. Food Waste (10%)

% Composition of Waste Disposed

The top 3 waste types make up 68% of the total waste disposed in Singapore:

  1. Plastics (24%)
  2. Paper/Cardboard (24%)
  3. Food Waste (20%)

% Composition of Waste Recycled

The top 3 waste types make up 72% of the total waste recycled in Singapore:

  1. Construction Debris (33%)
  2. Ferrous Metal (23%)
  3. Paper/Cardboard (16%)

Recycling Rate of Waste

For the 3 common types of waste disposed, their recycling rate is still low:

  • Plastics (9%)
  • Food Waste (13%)
  • Paper/Cardboard (48%)

More efforts are needed to reduce the amount of paper, plastics and food waste disposed and to increase their recycling rates. Half of the paper and cardboard waste generated still ends up being burned.

Waste Statistics from 2000 to 2009

From 2000 to 2009, the waste disposed has dropped by 6% and the waste recycled has increased by a massive 88%. However, the total waste generated has increased 31% from 4.6 million tonnes in 2000 to 6.1 million tonnes in 2009.

The waste data show that the efforts of the government in promoting waste minimisation and recycling has paid off. However, to work towards zero waste, there is a need for the total waste generated to reach a peak and decrease every year.

This means that we can’t depend only on high rates of recycling but we also need greater reduction in the waste disposed, in other words, more reduce and reuse of waste. Recycling is still the least effective of the 3 Rs and should be practised last after reduce and reuse.