Singapore’s domestic recycling rate dropped from 17 per cent in 2019 to just 13 per cent in 2020. That compares to a domestic recycling rate of 32 per cent in the United States, a European Union average of 46 per cent, and 67 per cent in Germany.
How much plastic is not recycled in Singapore?
Eight million tonnes of plastic waste enter the world’s oceans every year – that’s a truck load of plastic a minute! In Singapore, about 900 million kg of plastic waste is discarded every year. Just 4% of this is recycled.
How much waste is generated in Singapore?
About 5.88 million tonnes of solid waste was generated last year, 19 per cent less than the 7.23 million tonnes generated the year before, the National Environment Agency (NEA) said in a media release on Friday (Apr 23). Of this, 3.04 million tonnes of waste was recycled.
What Cannot be recycled in Singapore?
Do not recycle
Paper products such as used disposables (e.g. paper cup, plate etc), tissue paper, paper towels, toilet paper, disposable wooden chopsticks, wax paper, and any paper packaging that is contaminated with food.
How does Singapore dispose of plastic?
According to the research, the reason for the low recycling rate includes a lack of public awareness of what can be recycled, as well as the entire landscape of recycling in Singapore. As a result, the majority of plastic products are disposed of as general waste rather than recycled through a circular value chain.
Why do Singaporeans not recycle e waste?
This is because e-waste contains harmful substances such as cadmium and lead which pose as a threat to our health and the environment when disposed at landfills or when incinerated (Towards Zero Waste, 2020).
How eco friendly is Singapore?
Singapore has fast become the leader among Asian countries for eco-friendliness. The Environmental Performance Index, developed by Yale University and the United Nations, ranked Singapore 14th globally and first in Asia for its environmental sustainability practices.
What motivates Singaporeans to recycle?
Convenience was the most common reason for recycling regularly — MEWR’s survey found that convenience was one of the most commonly cited reasons by Singaporeans for recycling regularly.