Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources (MEWR) has designated 2019 as
the Year Towards Zero Waste. In this Year Towards Zero Waste, we aim to raise
awareness of waste issues in Singapore; and work with partners to rally
Singaporeans to treasure our precious resources and build a strong 3R (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle) culture in Singapore. This will pave our way towards a
circular economy and a zero waste nation.
2. Mr Masagos Zulkifli, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, launched the year-long
campaign at Our Tampines Hub (OTH) today. The launch will be followed by a weekend
of activities at OTH, which will include: sharing sessions on the circular
economy by Mr Arthur Huang, National Geographic Emerging Explorer and CEO,
Founder of Miniwiz; exhibition booths by MEWR’s Partners promoting the 3Rs; and tours of OTH’s
eco-friendly facilities. The launch was attended by 250 guests from the 3P
(People, Public and Private) sectors and the diplomatic corps.
Our Vision of a Zero Waste Nation
the years, Singapore has put in place an effective and efficient waste
management system to safeguard our health and protect the environment. But with
an increasing population, urbanisation and economic growth, we are faced with
new challenges to manage increasing amounts of waste.
generated 7.7 million tonnes of waste in 2017. This is a seven-fold increase
from 40 years ago, and enough to fill 15,000 Olympic-size swimming pools. Based
on the current rate of waste generation, our only landfill, the Semakau
landfill, will run out of space by 2035.
limited land for waste disposal and landfilling, we need to reduce our waste
and adopt a circular economy approach to waste and resource
management. Under this approach, we aim to reuse and recycle resources for as
long as possible by turning trash into treasure, and engaging in sustainable
production and consumption. Besides protecting the environment, a circular
economy approach will also create new jobs and economic opportunities for Singaporeans
and our businesses.
Inaugural Zero Waste Masterplan
6. MEWR and the National
Environment Agency (NEA) will be publishing our inaugural Zero Waste Masterplan
in the second half of this year. The Masterplan will chart our adoption of a circular economy approach to sustainable waste and resource
management. It will detail
the key policies and strategies that the Government will be implementing in the
next few years, supported by industry transformation and research and
development. Examples of policies include the introduction of the Extended
Producer Responsibility approach to managing e-waste by 2021. We will consult the public and industry
stakeholders on the development of the Masterplan.
for Collective Effort
vision of a Zero Waste Nation can only be achieved through our collective
efforts. Over the course of the year, the MEWR Family will work with 3P
partners to engage various stakeholders – individuals, schools, businesses and
community groups – on actions everyone can take to help move Singapore towards
a Zero Waste Nation. Examples include: buying only what you need; and bringing
your own bag.
#RecycleRight movement will be
launched to encourage everyone to recycle the right way. We will engage
partners to help educate public on the items that can go into the blue
recycling bin, and the importance of ensuring the items are clean and free of food/liquid
waste. To support relevant ground-up projects, a ‘Towards Zero Waste Grant’ will also be set up.
information on the Zero Waste Masterplan public consultations, #RecycleRight
movement and ‘Towards Zero Waste Grant’ will be provided later in the year.
More information on the Year Towards Zero Waste can be found at
MINISTRY OF THE
ENVIRONMENT AND WATER RESOURCES
12 JANUARY 2019
statistics and calls to action
Singapore generates 60,000 tonnes of e-waste annually. This is
equivalent to every person disposing 73 mobile phones a year.
60% of people do not know how to recycle their e-waste.
Food waste is one of the biggest waste
streams in Singapore and it has grown by 40% over the last 10 years.
810 million kg of food waste was generated in
2017. This is equivalent to the weight of 55,000 double decker buses.
Households generate 50% of total food waste.
Of the 1.6 million tonnes of domestic waste
disposed in 2017, one third consisted of packaging waste (includes plastics).
40% of materials deposited into recycling
bins are not suitable for recycling.
These include items with food and liquid
waste, which contaminate other recyclables.
Calls to Action
Buy only what you need.
Repair instead of replace.
Donate your usable items.
Recycle your e-waste at designated collection
Buy, order and cook only what you can finish.
Turn leftovers into new meals.
Donate your excess food.
Avoid single-use disposables where possible.
Bring your own reusable bags, containers and
Choose products with less/green packaging.
Recycle more: Deposit recyclable waste at
designated collection points, e.g., blue bins
Recycle right: Do not contaminate recyclables
with food or liquid waste.