Turning food waste into water [News]

December 28, 2011 by  
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By Yasmine Yahya, The Straits Times, 28 Dec 2011.

Green technology was the last thing on the mind of semi-retired marketing professional Renee Mison, but the arrival of a Korean-made machine that turned food waste into sludge water changed all that.

Mrs Mison, 48, was impressed, and also saw that it had a lot of potential.

It led her to buy the intellectual property rights to the food waste decomposer and the company’s Singapore units, and eventually set up Eco-Wiz last year.

Eco-Wiz has since spent more than $500,000 on research and development (R&D) to improve the functions of the decomposer, which is also named The Eco-Wiz.

The company has almost 40 staff, including engineers, researchers, production staff, marketing professionals and salespeople.

The progress is evident in the decomposer, which can now turn the sludge water into dry compost or cleaner water.

Eco-Wiz has installed the decomposer at several hotels including the InterContinental Singapore, and institutions such as the Singapore Polytechnic. Clients can either buy the decomposer, or rent it monthly.

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Researchers use recycled glass to filter raw water [News]

December 21, 2011 by  
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By Wayne Chan, Channel NewsAsia, 21 Dec 2011.

A team of researchers from Ngee Ann Polytechnic has found a cheaper and more environmentally-friendly way to filter raw water – using recycled glass.

The project, called GLASSwater, has helped the polytechnic’s Environmental & Water Technology Centre of Innovation (EWTCOI) secure S$10.3 million for more such industry projects over the next three years.

Central to the process is a porous ceramic membrane made of recycled glass.

Dr Gurdev Singh, who is leading the research team, expects the technology to drive down production costs considerably.

He said the current production cost of ceramic membranes is about S$100 to S$200 per square metre, as they are made from natural raw materials.

With the GLASSwater membrane, it will be two to three times cheaper, costing only S$50 to S$100 to produce.

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Singapore Printer Brands Launch First-Ever Joint Recycling Initiative – Project Homecoming [Press Releases]

December 8, 2011 by  
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Singapore, 1 December 2011 – Five major printer brands based in Singapore: Brother, Canon, Dell, Epson and Lexmark, with the support of the National Environment Agency (NEA) and National Library Board (NLB); have announced the launch of Singapore’s first-ever joint funded and managed printer brand ink and toner cartridge recycling initiative: Project Homecoming.

As the first international expansion of a successful joint printer brand recycling project (called “Ink Cartridge Satogaeri”) started in Japan three years ago, the project aims to encourage community awareness and environmental responsibility among Singaporeans through convenient cartridge recycling initiatives and education. Read more

Food waste recycler folds [News]

December 8, 2011 by  
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By Grace Chua, The Straits Times, 18 Nov 2011.

Singapore’s largest food waste recycling company has shut for good.

But IUT Global’s closure does not spell the end of the industry, as its customers search for alternatives and new players come on the scene.

The homegrown company started in 2008 and was feted by then Environment and Water Resources Minister Yaacob Ibrahim as a milestone in waste management and recycling.

The company aimed to one day process 800 tonnes of food daily, turning it into organic fertiliser and biogas for electricity to power up to 10,000 homes.

But by March this year, it was still collecting only 120 tonnes to 130 tonnes a day. That produced gas for electricity to power just 500 households, and it sold or gave away the organic compost that remained, said IUT managing director Edwin Khew.

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Better to barter [News]

December 8, 2011 by  
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By Grace Chua, The Straits Times, 8 Oct 2011.

Instead of buying toys for her daughter, a housewife rents them. A Singaporean tutor learnt to drive in the United States by swopping his computer-repair skills for lessons.

And a young couple who traded his Hindi for her Mandarin even hit it off and tied the knot.

A new breed of consumers is renting, sharing, swopping and bartering, and a growing number of start-ups are popping up to meet their needs.

While such ‘collaborative consumption’ has been around for years, technology is playing a bigger role than before.

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