NEA to conduct study on collection, recycling and management of e-waste

Volunteers and staff from South East CDC and Panasonic packing and sorting items collected under the e-waste recycling programme at the Marine Parade Community Club on Jan 11, 2014.
Volunteers and staff from South East CDC and Panasonic packing and sorting items collected under the e-waste recycling programme at the Marine Parade Community Club on Jan 11, 2014.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - The National Environment Agency (NEA) called for a tender on Friday to conduct a study on the collection, recycling and management of electrical and electronic waste (e-waste).

The study findings will help NEA consider a system to collect and recycle e-waste.

NEA said the amount of e-waste generated has been increasing, with more people using computers, smart phones and other electrical and electronic equipment. E-waste may contain valuable and scarce materials, as well as small amounts of hazardous substances which may pose pollution and health concerns if not properly disposed of.

The study will include conducting a survey of the entire e-waste collection and recycling value chain, including the final treatment and disposal of the waste. Results from this survey will help in studying possible designs of effective systems for the collection, recycling and management of e-waste.

NEA said the proposed systems should safeguard public health, reduce the impact on the environment, and be cost-effective to implement and manage. These systems will then be used for further consultations with industry players.

The tender is open and closes at 4pm on Nov 5. The study is expected to start in December and be completed by end-2016.