Should recycling be compulsory? [News]

June 5, 2012 by  
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By Richard Hartung, Today, 5 Jun 2012.

We may be a clear leader in some vital environmental practices like recycling, but all is not rosy – or verdant, as the case may be – for Singapore, which is at the same time a low-ranked laggard with a massive ecological footprint.

With recycling at 59 per cent of all waste, according to the National Environment Agency (NEA), Singapore has one of the world’s highest recycling rates. Only a few countries such as Austria, with recycling nearing 70 per cent, rank higher.

Yet the World Wide Fund for Nature’s (WWF) Living Planet Report 2012 notes that Singapore has the largest ecological footprint of any country in Asia. Singapore puts more pressure on the environment and requires more area to produce the resources it consumes than any other Asian nation.

Behind both headline numbers is a more complex story. And at the heart of that story lies the lifestyle choices that individuals in Singapore make every day.

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Source: Today

Technology helps to lower waste-collection fee hikes [News]

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By Joanne Chan, Channel NewsAsia, 1 Jun 2012.

Waste management companies said an increase in refuse collection fees is unavoidable, due to rising operating costs. However, they said that productivity and technology gains have helped to moderate fee hikes.

They are also promising better service standards.

The National Environment Agency had announced on Tuesday that waste collection fees for households in Pasir Ris, Tampines and Bedok will go up from July, and other estates may follow suit.

The agency said that it is working with the industry to manage fee increases by improving productivity and helping companies reap economies of scale.

Public waste collector Veolia, which is the public waste collector for households in Pasir Ris, Tampines and Bedok, started using trash compactors, known as Minimatics, in HDB estates last year.

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Source: Channel NewsAsia

Singapore sets up Asia’s first industrial re-manufacturing R&D centre [News]

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By Channel NewsAsia, 31 May 2012.

Singapore has set up Asia’s first centre to drive value-added re-manufacturing activities that can be readily adopted by industry.

The Advanced Remanufacturing & Technology Centre (ARTC) will look into research and development (R&D) to develop technologies for re-manufacturing.

These technologies will enable companies and businesses to translate end-of-life products into “good as new” ones for the market through a sustainable process.

It also aims to cut cost and materials, and even generate higher profits.

In remanufacturing, recovered parts or products are transformed through disassembly, cleaning, testing and other operations into “like-new” products which will then be re-introduced to the markets.

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Source: Channel NewsAsia