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So what does the Singapore Waste Statistics and Recycling Rates mean? Why is it important?
Well, it displays the total amount, percentages, and different types of wastes being generated, disposed and recycled in Singapore. You may view the complete list here.
As you can see from the statistics above, food waste:
- remains one of the largest generated type of waste (top 5 on the list)
- remains one of the largest amount of waste (top 3 on the list) that is being disposed of through incineration and land-filling, thereby generating a whopping 529,400 tonnes of food waste in 2009
On a more positive note, the updated Singapore solid waste management statistics above show that the:
- Total waste recycled has increased from 54% in 2007 to 57% in 2009
- Total waste incinerated has decreased from 43% in 2007 to 41% in 2009
- Total waste landfilled has decreased from 3% in 2007 to 2% in 2009
As a result, the lifespan of our final landfill (Semakau Landfill) has increased from 35-40 years in 2007 to 35-45 years in 2009.
Nevertheless, it is still important to note that the total amount of waste generated has been on the rise from 5.60 million tonnes in 2007 to 6.11 million tonnes in 2009. This could be due to the rapid rise in consumerism and consumption in this modern age.
Finally, note how the total domestic waste disposed has increased from 1.50 million tonnes in 2007 to 1.52 million tonnes in 2009. Indeed it is another proof of how our individual actions at home do play a highly significant role in affecting the waste disposal and recycling rate in Singapore.
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