Only 7% of Singapore's plastic for recycling is processed here

Figure worries experts amid oversupply of such plastic waste

Volunteers from Tzu Chi Foundation sorting out plastic items in March. Last year, Singapore generated 949,300 tonnes of plastic waste, of which 40,700 tonnes were recycled.
Volunteers from Tzu Chi Foundation sorting out plastic items in March. Last year, Singapore generated 949,300 tonnes of plastic waste, of which 40,700 tonnes were recycled. ST FILE PHOTO
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The National Environment Agency (NEA) said that only 7 per cent of plastic collected here last year for recycling was processed locally.

The small proportion worries experts because there is currently an oversupply of such plastic. At the same time, China has banned plastic imports, saying it plans to cut such waste imports to zero by next year.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 11, 2019, with the headline Only 7% of Singapore's plastic for recycling is processed here. Subscribe