Turn Semakau into plastics recycling innovation hub

New technology allows a digital mark to track every plastic polymer. This allows for transparent recycling and cost apportioning.

Singapore's new Zero Waste Masterplan, launched in late August, is a comprehensive initiative that should see the Republic take the lead as a prime mover of governmental standards for sustainability, as well as propel it to the front lines of the discussion on circular economy in Asia. It can't come any sooner, given the crisis of waste management the world is now in.

As part of the masterplan, the recently passed Resource Sustainability Bill regulatory framework targets three waste streams: electronic, packaging and food. The Bill is far-reaching on all three areas, but especially for the mandatory reporting of packaging data and plans to reduce, reuse or recycle packaging.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 12, 2019, with the headline 'Turn Semakau into plastics recycling innovation hub'. Subscribe