NEA launches initiative to find ways to cut food, packaging waste [News]

November 26, 2015 by  
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By Siau Ming En, TODAY, 24 Nov 2015

To obtain more data for crafting programmes to reduce domestic waste here, the National Environment Agency (NEA) today (Nov 24) called for a tender to conduct, for the first time, a waste audit of about 300 selected households.

The data will help the NEA to establish the potential for the further reduction of food and packaging waste in Singapore, the agency said in a press release.

“The audit will support Singapore’s plans to achieve our vision of being a Zero Waste Nation under the Sustainable Singapore Blueprint,” said an NEA spokesperson.

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NEA To Conduct Waste Audit For Selected Households [Press Release]

November 26, 2015 by  
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Singapore, 24 November 2015 – The National Environment Agency (NEA) today called a tender to conduct a waste audit for selected households. The winning bidder will be required to collect waste disposed of by these households for segregation and audit.

2 Up to 300 households from different housing types in Singapore will be selected for this waste audit. Households that agree to participate in the waste audit will have their waste collected on pre-arranged dates. The waste collected will be sent to a designated site, sorted into different waste streams such as food and packaging waste, and weighed to determine the quantities of these waste streams. Read more

Saving Money The Biggest Motivation For Households To Reduce Food Wastage: NEA & AVA Survey [Press Release]

November 23, 2015 by  
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Singapore, 20 November 2015 – A survey commissioned by the National Environment Agency (NEA) and Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) has revealed that saving money is the biggest motivation that will drive Singapore consumers to reduce food wastage, while concern for the environment came a close second.

2 The survey was commissioned in September 2014 to better understand the main reasons behind food wastage in households and identify triggers for change. After the survey was conducted, a focus group discussion was also carried out in July 2015, to gain further insights into the underlying perceptions, attitudes and habits of Singapore consumers with regard to food wastage. Read more

NEA to launch campaign to get people to cut food waste [News]

November 21, 2015 by  
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By Loke Kok Fai, Channel NewsAsia, 20 Nov 2015

The National Environment Agency (NEA) is launching a campaign next week to get people to cut food waste.

This comes on the back of a study by NEA and the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) which showed that many people in Singapore are not comfortable with wasting food. However, the study also found that the biggest reason Singaporeans choose to cut down food waste is not to save the environment, but the pocket.

In 2014, consumers threw away 687,200 tonnes of food.

According to the study, eight in 10 respondents felt bothered about throwing away uneaten food, while 90 per cent of them felt that it was a waste of money. Concern for the environment “came a close second”, said NEA and AVA.

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Source: Channel NewsAsia

NEA Invites Proposals For Pilot Mechanical And Biological Treatment Facility [Press Release]

November 7, 2015 by  
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Singapore, 4 November 2015 – The National Environment Agency (NEA) today published a Request for Proposal (RFP) exercise, inviting local and international companies to submit their concept proposals for a pilot Mechanical and Biological Treatment Facility. The pilot facility will be developed with a centralised, integrated mechanical and biological treatment, or alternative technologies, to maximise recycling and resource recovery from domestic waste.

2 The Mechanical and Biological Treatment Facility is part of NEA’s long-term strategy to manage domestic waste in Singapore and also part of the Government’s plans to move towards a Zero Waste Nation. NEA will be assessing the pilot facility’s effectiveness in complementing the existing waste treatment infrastructure and its potential to be an alternative method of treatment of domestic waste. At present, about 80 per cent of domestic waste is disposed of at the Waste-to-Energy (WTE) incineration plants.

3 The proposed pilot facility will be privately financed, built, owned and operated. It will be situated in Tuas South Ave 2 at a site allocated by JTC. The NEA and JTC collaboration underscores the commitment to support Singapore’s move towards environmental sustainability and building a green economy. The pilot facility will be able to process at least 300 tonnes per day of domestic waste over a 20-year period.

4 This facility will help bring Singapore closer to achieving its target of 70 per cent recycling rate by 2030. This is aligned to the Sustainable Singapore Blueprint plan of moving Singapore towards becoming a Zero Waste Nation with the aim of reducing the environmental impact of landfilling residual waste.

5 The RFP will open from today, 4 November 2015 and will close on 2 February 2016.

Source: NEA