So much food waste, so little recycling in Singapore [News]

August 26, 2013 by  
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By Rachel Tan, The Straits Times, 11 Aug 2013.

Singapore produced enough food waste last year to fill 600 Olympic- size swimming pools, said the National Environment Agency (NEA).

The amount soared to 703,200 tonnes last year, a 26 per cent rise from 558,900 tonnes in 2007, outpacing the 15.7 per cent growth in population during the period.

The food recycling rate, however, slowed to 12 per cent last year from 16 per cent in 2010.

This situation is unlikely to improve in the immediate future, experts say. Scarcity of agricultural land that utilises compost, costs of food recycling and cultural considerations such as halal guidelines pose challenges to food waste solutions, they add.

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Source: The Straits Times

More shoppers bringing their own bags for grocery shopping [News]

August 23, 2013 by  
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By Channel NewsAsia, 22 Aug 2013.

Results of a recent survey commissioned by NTUC FairPrice has found that more customers are bringing their own bags when grocery shopping.

As many as 62 per cent indicated that they have brought their own bags at least once compared to 33 per cent two years ago.

Thirty-six per cent said that they do so regularly, while 13 per cent shared that they do it all the time.

Eighty per cent of people who brought their own bags do so to be environmentally friendly and found it convenient to use only one bag for groceries.

The survey involved 536 customers.

A typical Bring Your Own Bag (BYOB) customer profile also seems to be more likely to be female and most are aged between 35 and 54 years old.

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NEA plan seeks to limit damage from landfill expansion [News]

August 23, 2013 by  
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By Feng Zengkun, The Straits Times, 2 Aug 2013.

Singapore will embark on a project by the end of the year to make sure that the expansion of its offshore landfill site does not damage nearby marine life.

The National Environment Agency (NEA) plans to start work on phase two of the Semakau Landfill between next January and March and complete it by early 2015.

This will allow Singapore to meet projected waste disposal needs up to 2035 or beyond. The current site at Pulau Semakau, an island south of Singapore, is expected to be filled by 2016.

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Recycling incentive schemes yet to gain widespread support [News]

August 21, 2013 by  
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By Grace Chua, The Straits Times, 29 Jul 2013.

Even as the Government considers a pay-as-you-throw system, the use of financial incentives to get Singaporeans to cut waste and recycle more has been a mixed bag so far.

Nearly four months after the start of the Save-As-You-Reduce pilot scheme in Punggol, some Housing Board blocks there have not reduced waste significantly, with some even throwing out more than they did last year.

This was despite the scheme letting households pay cheaper waste collection fees if they throw less.

At Pasir Ris, a different points-for-recyclables initiative also has few takers.

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Panasonic Initiates Pilot Heartland E-Waste Recycling Programme for Home Appliances in Singapore [Press Release]

August 19, 2013 by  
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5th July 2013, Singapore – Recognising the need to raise awareness and provide an integrated platform for recycling of home appliances and electronic waste, is the driving force behind the Heartland E-Waste[1] Recycling Programme launched today. Initiated by Panasonic Asia Pacific (Panasonic)[2], in partnership with South East Community Development Council (CDC), National Environment Agency (NEA), electrical and electronic retailer BEST Denki, e-waste recycler Cimelia, and public waste collector SembWaste; the pilot programme provides a hassle-free avenue for recycling of home appliances and e-waste. The South East District is the launch pad for the programme which will run from July to December 2013. The first e-waste collection will take place on 14th July, in conjunction with Marine Parade Town Day. Read more

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