Director of waste management department in National Environment Agency (NEA) discusses Singapore’s recycling efforts and waste management strategies.
According to director, Ong Soo San, Singapore’s waste related problems are different from other countries. Their waste management process is based on maintaining high public health levels, minimising landfill use and ensuring affordable recycling. This requires unique and long term solutions. According to him, more recycling and waste disposal centres are not the only answer. Residents will have to reduce, reuse and recycle, if Singapore has to achieve set targets. Education, better recycling technology, and use of waste-to-energy processes are essential to avoid a waste related crisis.