How to Monitor and Manage Waste Flows in Singapore

May 31, 2012 by  
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This is one of the challenges proposed for the UP Singapore Urban Prototyping Weekend. Share your inspirations and solutions at CoLAB.

Challenge Brief

In 2011, about 6.9 million tonnes of waste was generated in Singapore, and each person generated around 1,330 kg of waste in a year. The total waste generated has increased by 48% from 2000 to 2011.

The recycling rate in Singapore for 2011 is 59% and has been increasing steadily over the years. The government has set a target of 70% recycling rate by 2030 in the Sustainable Singapore Blueprint.

41% of Singapore’s waste is still disposed of, with 38% going to the waste-to-energy plants for incineration and energy recovery, and 3% of non-incinerable waste going to the Semakau Landfill for landfilling. Read more

Enhancements To The Solid Waste Management Industry [Press Releases]

May 30, 2012 by  
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Singapore, 29 May 2012 – As a follow up to the Budget Debate announcements in March, the National Environment Agency (NEA) will roll out its plans to develop a more robust and efficient waste management industry. With the upward trend in waste growth, and as more land and facilities are needed to manage waste, these enhancements are essential to manage waste growth by minimising waste and recovering resources from waste even as recycling rates improve.

The plans for enhancements are intended to help address challenges such as the scarcity of land for waste facilities, the need to reduce waste and promote greater recycling, as well as the need to raise the overall industry standards and productivity. Optimal land use and productive use of land, together with efforts to create a strong and vibrant industry that delivers high service standards, will also ensure sustainability and affordability of waste management services. Read more

Waste collection fees expected to rise [News]

May 30, 2012 by  
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By Joanne Chan, Channel NewsAsia, 29 May 2012.

Households in Singapore can expect to gradually pay more to have their trash collected.

The National Environment Agency (NEA) said the move is aimed at uplifting the waste collection industry, which is struggling with rising operating costs while it grapples with improving service standards.

Industry players said these challenges have been made harder by government contracts that have locked in fees for the past seven to eight years, with no provision for adjustments.

With several contracts up for renewal over the next few years, the NEA, which manages the public waste collection scheme, is looking to reshape the industry.

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Source: Channel NewsAsia

WasteMET Asia 2012 [Events]

May 21, 2012 by  
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The inaugural WasteMET Asia 2012 will bring together a strong global representation of policymakers, industry leaders, experts, and practitioners to discuss challenges, showcase technologies and solutions, as well as explore opportunities in the solid waste management and environmental technology industry.

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One-week FairPrice campaign to reduce plastic bag usage a success [News]

May 10, 2012 by  
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By Channel NewsAsia, 10 May 2012.

Supermarket chain FairPrice has received strong support for its efforts to encourage customers to save and reduce the use of plastic bags.

The “FairPrice Cares!” campaign, which ran from April 22 to 28, has saved over 143,000 plastic bags in a single week.

The amount exceeded FairPrice’s target of saving 100,000 plastic bags in one week by over 40 per cent.

As part of the campaign, FairPrice donated S$30,000 to Bizlink Centre and Bishan Home for the Intellectually Disabled to assist them in their community work.

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Source: Channel NewsAsia