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

June 5, 2012 by  
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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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Waste collection fees expected to rise [News]

May 30, 2012 by  
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By Joanne Chan, Channel NewsAsia, 29 May 2012.

Households in Singapore can expect to gradually pay more to have their trash collected.

The National Environment Agency (NEA) said the move is aimed at uplifting the waste collection industry, which is struggling with rising operating costs while it grapples with improving service standards.

Industry players said these challenges have been made harder by government contracts that have locked in fees for the past seven to eight years, with no provision for adjustments.

With several contracts up for renewal over the next few years, the NEA, which manages the public waste collection scheme, is looking to reshape the industry.

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Singapore’s Waste Management Industry to Get $5 Million WSQ Training Boost to Raise Productivity Levels [Press Releases]

August 13, 2011 by  
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Singapore, 12 August 2011 – Some 6,000 Singaporean workers in the Waste Management industry are targeted to benefit from a new Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) programme for the Waste Management industry. These include workers such as Waste Collection Truck Drivers, Fleet and Route Coordinators, Waste Recycling workers, Plant Technicians and Managers.

Mr Lim Swee Say, Secretary-General, National Trades Union Congress, presided at the launch of the programme at Veolia ES Singapore today which was held in conjunction with the graduation of the first batch of workers from the new WSQ programme. This programme was developed by the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) in collaboration with the National Environment Agency (NEA) and the Waste Management and Recycling Association of Singapore (WMRAS) which has a 95-member base comprising all major Singapore waste management companies. Read more

S$5m to boost productivity in waste management industry [News]

August 13, 2011 by  
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By Saifulbahri Ismail, Channel NewsAsia, 12 Aug 2011.

The waste management industry will get a S$5 million boost to raise productivity.

The investments will be used to improve work processes for tasks like trash collection.

For example, a bin equipped with Radio-Frequency (RFID) technology is able to record data such as the household it is from and the weight of recyclables when the bin is hooked to a truck.

Veolia Environmental Services said this has helped improve productivity by 15 per cent.

Some 6,000 workers in the industry are also expected to benefit from a new workforce skills qualification (WSQ) programme.

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