Wastebusters Assemble!

July 23, 2015 by  
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Zero Waste SG is now a NGO and we are recruiting volunteers aka Wastebusters!

Do you have what it takes to be a Wastebuster? Come to our first volunteer meetup and learn more about our organisation, programmes and volunteering opportunities!

Date: 5 Aug 2015

Time: 7 – 9pm

Venue: NYC Academy, 113 Somerset Road, Singapore 238165 (red building beside Triple One Somerset)

Zero Waste SG is Singapore’s Latest Environmental NGO

July 14, 2015 by  
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Zero Waste SG - Eugene Tay, Executive Director

Zero Waste SG is a new not-for-profit and non-governmental organisation dedicated to help Singapore eliminate the concept of waste, and accelerate the shift towards zero waste and the circular economy.

It started as a website in 2008 providing tips and resources on waste minimisation and recycling, and is officially registered as a non-governmental organisation (NGO) on 13 Jul 2015, thus joining the ranks of other established environmental NGOs in Singapore.

The Singapore government has set targets of achieving a 70% national recycling rate and a 30% domestic recycling rate by 2030. We believe that we can help Singapore to meet and exceed these targets, by working together with government agencies, businesses, community groups and individuals.

Zero Waste SG will work on 7 key programmes to promote education and engagement on the 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle) among individuals and households; increase waste minimisation and recycling among businesses and organisations; and reduce specific waste.

Let’s End Waste, Together

Singapore has achieved much in waste management and recycling over the past 10 years, although we still lag behind countries like Japan, Korea and Taiwan. Much more can be done here and also in our region where waste management is increasingly important with growing population and consumption.

There are no existing non-profit organisations in Singapore that focus mainly on waste. Now with the concepts of zero waste and the circular economy gaining traction around the world, we believe that it is time to end waste in Singapore and globally.

In our current linear economy of ‘take, make, use and throw’, waste is waste. This is no longer sustainable. We can no longer use more resources to generate more waste. What is the alternative?

Imagine a future of zero waste and circular economy, where waste is not waste. Less waste is generated through redesigning, reducing, reusing, sharing, repairing, remanufacturing, and recycling. Waste generated becomes biological nutrients to be returned safely back to the environment, or becomes technical nutrients to be returned back to the economy.

We still have a long way to achieve zero waste. That is why we have to start now. We have to think big but start small. Small but determined steps.

But we cannot do this alone. We need volunteers, sponsors and partners to work together with us. This is a call to action.

Let’s end waste, together.

Semakau Landfill Expanded to Meet Singapore’s Waste Disposal Needs

July 12, 2015 by  
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An aerial view of Semakau Landfill (taken in 2011)

Since Apr 1999, Singapore’s incineration ash generated from the burning of waste at our incineration plants, and non-incinerable waste has been sent to our offshore landfill, Semakau Landfill. In 2014, only 2.3% of Singapore’s waste (or 171,000 tonnes) was sent to this landfill.

Phase I of the landfill was created by enclosing 350ha of sea space between Pulau Sakeng and Pulau Semakau with a 7km perimeter bund, followed by construction of internal bunds to convert 55% of the enclosed sea space into 11 landfill cells and other amenities. All the landfill cells in Phase I are expected to be filled up by next year. So the National Environment Agency (NEA) closed public visits and started development works in Jan 2014 for Phase II of Semakau Landfill. Read more