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Solutions galore at summit on urban waste

Published on Jun 1, 2014 2:30 PM

A MACHINE that converts waste food into crystal-clear water for washing floors and watering plants, and a product which "eats" up oil in a spill, cleaning up the mess.

These are among the innovative products from firms that will be showcased at the four-day CleanEnviro Summit Singapore, which starts tomorrow at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre.

The biennial summit brings together government leaders, policymakers, regulators and industry captains to discuss urban environmental challenges and solutions, with waste being a key concern.

The World Bank estimates that by 2025, each of the 4.3 billion urban dwellers will generate about 1.42kg of solid waste a day. This would result in about 2.2 billion tonnes of waste a year.

"As cities grow rapidly, many will face the challenge of building a clean and liveable environment," said National Environment Agency CEO Ronnie Tay.

The summit will include discussions on how to encourage more recycling at home, reduce food and packaging waste, and develop policies to tackle the growth of waste from electrical and electronic goods. The Environmental Management Association of Singapore and Waste Management and Recycling Association of Singapore have also organised discussions on cleaning.

One topic is how to train cleaners to meet rising expectations of an increasingly affluent society.

Speakers at this year's summit include ministers from China, the Netherlands, Britain, Denmark and Japan.

Mr David Newman, president of the International Solid Waste Association, and Mr Peter Bakker, president of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, will also be participating in panels.

The Straits Times is the media partner for the World Cities Summit, Singapore International Water Week and the CleanEnviro Summit Singapore, all of which are taking place next week.