Singapore designated 2019 as the Year Towards Zero Waste. The Resource Sustainability Bill was also announced which covers the management of priority waste streams. In addition, we also launched the #RecycleRight movement with the aim to increase awareness and improve the recycling rate in Singapore. Singapore’s inaugural Zero Waste Masterplan was also launched in 2019 which maps out Singapore’s key strategies to build a sustainable, resource-efficient and climate-resilient nation. This includes adopting a circular economy approach to waste and resource management practices, and shifting towards more sustainable production and consumption. Learn more about the Year Towards Zero Waste and read about the Zero Waste Masterplan here.
Why does the ministry not impose a charge on the use of plastic bags?
To conserve resources and reduce the amount of waste, we encourage public to take only what they need, and reuse their plastic bags. In Singapore, plastic bags are reused by households to bag their refuse, such as food waste, before disposing of into the refuse chute. This helps to avoid spillage, odour and pest infestation during waste collection. Plastic bags are properly incinerated and do not end up directly in the landfill. Click here to learn more about waste management.
What does the Ministry do to reduce the use of plastic bags in Singapore?
The incinerated ash and other non-incinerable wastes are then transported to the Tuas Marine Transfer Station (TMTS) for the barging operation to Semakau Landfill where they are disposed of.
You may find information on waste management and recycling statistics via the National Environment Agency (NEA)’s website here.