National Environment Agency And Hyflux – Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Consortium Sign Waste-To-Energy Services Agreement [Press Release]

October 28, 2015 by  
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Singapore, 26 October 2015 – The National Environment Agency (NEA) today signed a Waste-to-Energy Services Agreement (WESA) with a consortium comprising Hyflux Ltd (Hyflux) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI). The consortium, through its project company, TuasOne Pte Ltd, will develop Singapore’s sixth waste-to-energy (WTE) plant and will provide waste-to-energy services to NEA over a 25-year period from 2019 to 2044.

2 The signing ceremony was officiated by Singapore’s Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr Masagos Zulkifli, and comes after NEA’s announcement in September this year where the consortium was named as the preferred bidder for the project. Hyflux owns a 75 per cent stake in TuasOne while MHI owns the remaining 25 per cent. Read more

NEA Launches Packaging Benchmarking Database to Encourage Businesses to Reduce Waste [Press Release]

October 23, 2015 by  
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Singapore, 22 October 2015 – In 2014, domestic waste formed 57 per cent of all waste disposed of. Of this, about one third was packaging waste. In a bid to curb the growth of packaging waste and inspire businesses to reduce the amount of packaging used in their products, the National Environment Agency (NEA) has launched a packaging benchmarking database hosted on its website which allows companies to compare the packaging weight of their products against the benchmarks of similar products sold locally.

2 Announced earlier this evening by Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State for the Environment and Water Resources at the 3R Packaging Awards presentation ceremony held at the MAX Atria @ Singapore EXPO, the database currently displays the packaging weight benchmarks for six product categories – namely beer, carbonated beverages, chilled juice, fresh milk, non-chilled beverages and water. These benchmarks were obtained after measuring more than 400 consumer products from these six categories. More product categories, such as cooking oil and dishwashing liquid, will be progressively added to the database. Read more

Food Waste Habits of Households in Singapore

October 16, 2015 by  
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The 2015 Electrolux Food Waste At Home Survey revealed the food waste habits of households in Singapore. The survey was conducted by Electrolux based on 1,000 respondents from 18-65 years old.

Some of the key findings show that:

77% of Singaporeans regularly waste food at home, with almost a third refusing to eat leftovers.

41% of Singaporeans only think about food waste occasionally despite households contributing to the 788,600 tonnes of food waste generated in Singapore each year.

The top five reasons why food is wasted at homes:

  1. Preparing too much food / taking too much food on your plate (51%)
  2. Forgotten about food: out-of-date food at the back of their fridge because they just can’t see it (48%)
  3. Catering for fussy eaters (31%)
  4. Households not liking leftovers (23%)
  5. Rarely eating together as a family (11%)

The most common items thrown away each week:

  1. Cooked rice (51%)
  2. Vegetables/salad (49%)
  3. Cooked meat/fish (45%)

The survey was timed to kickstart #happyplatesg, a six-week community initiative to raise awareness of food waste in Singapore, one plate at a time. Through this, Electrolux intends to rally the help of Singaporeans to support at least 1,000 local families in need through the campaign’s beneficiary, The Food Bank Singapore.

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Source and image credit: Electrolux Asia Pacific

How Much Food Do You Waste In Singapore?

October 13, 2015 by  
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The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) celebrates World Food Day each year on 16 October. This year, we would like to remember World Food Day by spreading awareness and action on food waste reduction.

Together with Helpling, an online platform that connects you to cleaners, we have created this infographic to show you how much food we waste in Singapore.

How much food do you waste in Singapore

Now that you understand how much food we waste in Singapore, the next step is for you to play a part in reducing food waste in your daily life and at home. Simply follow the 8 tips below and start reducing food waste!

1) Learn About Food Sources

Learn about where your food comes from and understand how farmers toil to produce your food. This would help you better appreciate the food you eat and thus waste less food.

2) Grow Your Own Food

Grow your own food in Singapore to better appreciate your food and waste less. This would also help to reduce the food wastage during transportation and storage, the resources spent, and carbon emissions generated from importing food.

3) Plan What To Buy

Before you go shopping for food, plan what to buy using a shopping list. This would help you avoid buying more food than you need.

4) Store And Handle Food Properly

Store and handle your food properly at home to help you keep food longer without spoilage, and thus reduce food wastage.

5) Cook And Order Just Enough

Choose the right food portions and cook just enough food. Also order just enough food, thus avoiding food waste and saving money.

6) Cook Your Leftover Food

Keep and cook your leftover food instead of throwing them away, thus helping to reduce food wastage at home.

7) Start Food Composting

Try composting your fruit and vegetable scraps at home or in the community garden, and produce compost for gardening.

8) Make Garbage Enzyme

Make garbage enzyme from your fruit and vegetable scraps, and use it for cleaning purposes.

Finally, sign the pledge to Save Food Cut Waste in Singapore, and share this post with your friends and encourage them to reduce food waste together!

Infographic credit: Helpling

NEA studying regulated way to manage e-waste [News]

October 6, 2015 by  
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By Janice Tai, The Straits Times, 6 Oct 2015

With residents here getting rid of their old laptops and cellphones without a second thought, Singapore is churning out 60 million kg of electronic waste (e-waste) every year – more than the combined weight of 220 Airbus A-380 aircraft. Only a fraction of that is recycled or disposed of properly.

So far, the most extensive community e-waste recycling programme here has managed to collect only 22,000kg of it from 214 recycling bins islandwide this year. That is less than the weight of two buses.

The project is managed by StarHub, DHL Express and home- grown recycling firm TES-AMM.

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Source: The Straits Times