Spanning over 3.5 square kilometres, the Semakau Landfill is Singapore’s first and only landfill located off Singapore’s main island in the south. Non-recyclable waste that can’t be incinerated (such as our plastics) are sent here to be buried.
Where does all the plastic waste go?
Only about 7 percent of all the plastic produced since 1950 has been recycled, according to a 2017 study. The vast majority of plastic objects and particles are lumped into landfills or scattered throughout ecosystems on water or land, and a small amount has been incinerated.
Where does recyclable waste Go Singapore?
After it is collected and the recyclables sorted for processing, the waste is sent to one of four incineration plants. Incineration reduces the volume of waste by up to 90 per cent. The ash and other non-incinerable waste are then transported via barges to Semakau landfill, the world’s first man-made offshore landfill.
How is waste treated in Singapore?
Almost all of Singapore’s non-recyclable waste is incinerated, with the ash and some solid waste shipped to a man-made island nearby that doubles as a nature reserve.
What is Singapore doing to reduce plastic waste?
Clean4Change is a 150-day programme that aims to improve peoples’ knowledge on recycling and encourage community clean-up efforts through a combination of clean-up activities, community events, and workshops. It is an initiative of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste, an international non-profit based in Singapore.
Does NYC still dump garbage in the ocean?
It has been four years since Congress voted to ban the common practice of using the ocean as a municipal chamber pot, and with the Federal deadline set for tomorrow, New York is the only city that still does it.
Why do we dump plastic in the ocean?
Rain or stormwater and wind can carry the plastic waste into the sea or into drains that lead to the sea. Illegal dumping of trash is a significant contributor.