Disposing of waste in land-scarce Singapore: Nation’s largest waste-to-energy plant turns 20

Nation's largest waste-to-energy plant, which turns 20, plays key role in waste ecosystem

Tuas South Incineration Plant's general manager Kan Kok Wah says that incinerating waste reduces its volume by 90 per cent.
Tuas South Incineration Plant's general manager Kan Kok Wah says that incinerating waste reduces its volume by 90 per cent.ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN

In a darkened room in Tuas, a man focuses intently as he guides a mechanical claw to grab items from a pile and drop them down a chute.

But the "prizes" in this "claw machine" are all junk, literally, and the man is a staff member at Tuas South Incineration Plant (TSIP), Singapore's largest waste-to-energy plant.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 22, 2020, with the headline 'Disposing of waste in land-scarce Singapore'. Subscribe