3 million tonnes of waste discarded in Singapore last year

NEA: Plastic made up about 30% of that, food 20%; overall recycling rates down

The 350ha Semakau Landfill was created from the sea space between two offshore islands about 8km south of mainland Singapore. Last year, the Government outlined its first Zero Waste Masterplan to reduce the amount of waste sent to the Semakau Landfil
Workers clearing a rubbish chute at a Housing Board block in Kim Keat last year. There was a 6 per cent reduction in the total amount of waste generated last year compared with 2018.ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG
The 350ha Semakau Landfill was created from the sea space between two offshore islands about 8km south of mainland Singapore. Last year, the Government outlined its first Zero Waste Masterplan to reduce the amount of waste sent to the Semakau Landfil
The 350ha Semakau Landfill was created from the sea space between two offshore islands about 8km south of mainland Singapore. Last year, the Government outlined its first Zero Waste Masterplan to reduce the amount of waste sent to the Semakau Landfill by 30 per cent by 2030. PHOTO: NATIONAL ENVIRONMENT AGENCY

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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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 16, 2020, with the headline '3 million tonnes of waste discarded in Singapore last year'. Subscribe