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Bringing waste down to zero

MEWR takes steps to bring waste down to zero.

08 Mar 2017

Zeroing in on the 3 waste streams of most concern to the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources (MEWR), Dr Amy Khor outlined her Ministry’s strategy to turn Singapore into a zero waste nation.

Targeting e-waste, packaging waste and food waste

According to Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State for Environment and Water Resources, MEWR is currently consulting industry stakeholders on an enhanced national e-waste management system to handle the 60,000 tonnes of electrical and electronic waste (e-waste) generated annually. This system would cover both the collection and disposal of e-waste. Singapore will take into account the physical and financial responsibilities of stakeholders when developing the system. More details will be released later this year.

Packaging waste makes up one-third of Singapore’s domestic waste. Singapore is exploring possible regulations, such as making it compulsory for businesses to report on packaging used in the local market and submitting package waste reduction plans. More details will be announced when they are available.

Several initiatives will be introduced to reduce the amount of food waste. MEWR will be encouraging hotels, shopping malls, educational institutions and hawker centres to have their own on-site food waste initiatives. Food waste ‘digesters’ will also be launched in 10 schools this year.

Recycling

Singapore will also ramp up its recycling efforts by making it more convenient for households.

Buildings taller than four floors in new non-landed private residential developments will be required to install dual chutes for refuse and recyclables. New non-landed private residential developments with more than 500 units will also be required to install Pneumatic Waste Conveyance Systems (PWCS). These new requirements will apply for development applications submitted from 1 April 2018.

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