S’pore’s increasing waste poses potential crisis [News]

July 4, 2013 by  
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By Kok Xing Hui, TODAY, 3 Jul 2013.

The dense haze episode two weeks ago was a “special, extreme case of waste disposal gone wrong”, said Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Vivian Balakrishnan yesterday.

It was agricultural waste incinerated out in the open, leading to smog in the air that people were forced to breathe, said the minister, who cited the haze as an example of how the rising amount of waste generated posed a threat to the environment.

Speaking at the Waste Management Symposium and 3R Packaging Awards yesterday, he noted that the amount of waste generated per person per day currently has doubled from the World Bank estimate of 0.64kg a decade ago. The 0.64kg figure is expected to triple in the next 10 years.

This poses a potential environmental crisis, as air and environment quality is crucial in a world where half the people live in densely-populated cities. This compared to the past, when cities were less populated and “only a few are inconvenienced” if things went wrong.

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Waste Management Symposium 2011 kicks off with WMRAS MOUs and launch of WasteMET Asia 2012 [Press Releases]

July 20, 2011 by  
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Singapore, 5 July 2011 – Two Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) were signed at the Waste Management Symposium that was jointly organised by Waste Management & Recycling Association of Singapore (WMRAS) and Singapore’s National Environment Agency (NEA) today. The Symposium, supported by the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) and Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA), also featured the launch of a brand new solid waste management trade event, WasteMET Asia. Read more

WMRAS-NEA Waste Management Symposium 2011 [Events]

June 22, 2011 by  
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Date: Tuesday, 5 July 2011
Venue: Marina Mandarin, Taurus, Capricorn and Leo Ballrooms
Time: 9.00am to 5.00pm

The Waste Management Symposium is jointly organised by the Waste Management and Recycling Association of Singapore (WMRAS) and the National Environment Agency (NEA), and supported by the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) and the Workforce Development Agency (WDA).

This event will provide insights into the opportunities and trends for the waste management market in Singapore and the region, and will be complemented by a discourse into more technical issues in the afternoon.

A networking lunch is included in the full-day programme, which will provide participants with the opportunity to exchange ideas and connect with key stakeholders in the expanding waste management market.

More information and registration at http://www.nea.gov.sg/cms/sei/WasteMgtSymp_Brochure_Registn.pdf.