Sin­ga­pore kick-starts zero-waste plan as recycling rate stalls

Iran Daily - - Cultural Heritage & Environment -

Sin­ga­pore is mak­ing a clar­ion call to cit­i­zens and busi­nesses to re­duce do­mes­tic and in­dus­trial waste to­wards zero as the coun­try’s recycling rate has stalled and its sole land­fill may run out of space by 2035.

The gov­ern­ment will pub­lish a mas­ter plan in the se­cond half, with grants to sup­port projects, En­vi­ron­ment and Wa­ter Re­sources Min­is­ter Masa­gos Zulk­i­fli said in a speech, bangkok­ wrote.

“We need a par­a­digm shift,” Masa­gos said. “We need to adopt a cir­cu­lar econ­omy ap­proach” where trash can be reused and re­cy­cled end­lessly, and re­sources are con­sumed in a sus­tain­able man­ner, he said.

Sin­ga­pore’s 5.6 mil­lion pop­u­la­tion gen­er­ated 7.7 mil­lion tons of waste in 2017, ac­cord­ing to gov­ern­ment fig­ures. While the amount of waste fell 1.4 per­cent , the over­all recycling rate was un­changed at 61 per­cent.

The gov­ern­ment sends 200,000 tons of solid waste and ash an­nu­ally to Se­makau, a man-made off­shore land­fill cre­ated in 1999. At that rate, the site may reach ca­pac­ity be­fore its pro­jected 50-year life­span.


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