3 million tonnes of waste disposed of in Singapore last year; plastic waste made up 30%

A dump truck heading back to the Transfer Station to collect more incineration ash at Semakau Landfill on Dec 10, 2019.
A dump truck heading back to the Transfer Station to collect more incineration ash at Semakau Landfill on Dec 10, 2019.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

SINGAPORE - Last year, Singapore disposed of nearly three million tonnes of waste, of which about 30 per cent was plastic waste.

Plastic waste was the top material sent for incineration here with food waste close behind at 20 per cent, while paper and cardboard waste made up about 19 per cent of what was disposed.  Incineration ash and waste that cannot be incinerated are all ultimately sent to the Semakau Landfill.

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