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Singapore's environmental issues, and the policies to tackle these issues.
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We are producing an increasing amount of waste.
We have to cut down on the amount of waste we generate as we are running
out of space to dispose
Singapore currently has only one active landfill. To conserve our limited landfill space, we incinerate as much waste as we can to reduce the volume going to the landfill. Through incineration, we can reduce the volume by as much as 90%.
Excess heat from these Waste-to-Energy incineration plants provides about 2% of our electricity supply.
Many industries produce hazardous waste and generate by-products that pose health risks to both
Strict regulations are administered by NEA to ensure that such waste is properly managed.
Extend the lifespan of Semaku landfill.
Achieve 70% recycling rate by 2030.
Campaigns such as #RecycleRight and Say Yes to Waste Less spread the importance of recycling and waste reduction. All HDB blocks have
access to recycling bins. Waste collectors also
household recycling by introducing recycling incentive programmes.
Industrial waste form up to 40% of the total amount of waste we produce. Their efforts to recycle
materials and good waste management practices will bring us closer to our aims.
NEA licenses public waste collectors and general waste collectors to bring solid waste disposed to our
Waste-to-Energy plants and the Semakau landfill.
Illegal dumping of waste of any kind is a serious offence. It pollutes the environment and can be a
hazard to public health.
NEA enforces various acts to protect our public health.
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND MANAGEMENT ACT (Cap 94A)
The Act covers pollution control, hazardous substances control and licensing of industrial plant works among
ENVIRONMENTAL PUBLIC HEALTH ACT (Cap 95)
The Act lists out regulations for public services such as general waste collection, swimming pools and food
HAZARDOUS WASTE (CONTROL OF EXPORT, IMPORT AND TRANSIT) ACT (Cap 122A)
The Act regulates the movement of hazardous wastes among others.
RADIATION PROTECTION ACT (Cap 262)
The Act controls the import and export of radioactive materials and other related apparatus as well as the
accumulation and transport of radioactive .
Our statutory board, the National Environment Agency (NEA), keeps Singapore clean and green by protecting Singapore's resources from pollution, maintaining a high level of public health and providing timely meteorological information.
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Keeping our air clean by reducing emissions from industries and vehicles.
Keeping our land clean by managing our solid and hazardous waste well.
Ensuring there is water for all to live, enjoy, conserve and value.
Preventing transmission of vector-borne diseases and keeping our public areas clean.
Conserving and using energy efficiently and reducing carbon emissions to address challenges and climate change.
Last updated: 07 Oct 2019
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