Global waste trade

Just 4% of Singapore's plastic waste recycled last year

Singaporeans may be increasingly aware of the risk plastic poses to the environment, but the rate of recycling here remains strikingly low.

A whopping 949,300 tonnes of plastic waste was thrown out here last year, yet only 40,700 tonnes - or 4 per cent - was recycled, notes the National Environment Agency (NEA).

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on November 24, 2019, with the headline 'Just 4% of S'pore's plastic waste recycled last year'. Subscribe