As the world heats up,

the warmer future isn’t exactly bright

Climate change, which brings with it the dangers of floods, loss of biodiversity and the accelerated spread of infectious diseases, is one of the most pressing environmental issues of our time.  It is clear that reining in the emission of carbon dioxide, the key contributor to the build up of greenhouse gases that causes climate change, is the most crucial way to keeping the greenhouse effect in check.

Today, the waste sector accounts for 3% of the total global greenhouse gas emissions. This number will climb as global solid waste generation is predicted to increase by 70%, rising from 3.5 million tonnes per day in 2010 to more than 6 million tonnes by 2025.

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Urban cities are the biggest culprits, responsible for producing 70% of all greenhouse gas emissions, while taking up only 2% of total land space. Daily waste collected from cities alone can form a line of garbage trucks stretching over 5,000 km long. With 50% of the world’s megacities located close to home in Asia-Pacific, our region is expected to be accountable for more than half the rise in greenhouse gas emissions in 20 years’ time.

The global cost of tackling all that trash is also set to mount and will become a USD$375 billion industry by 2025. Waste management costs will surge globally, with developing countries facing some of the most drastic cost increases.

While minimizing waste generation will greatly help combat climate change, an effective waste management strategy is equally important.


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There are other more immediate concerns associated with improper waste disposal. The air we breathe, our seas and our marine life are compromised when we do not treat our trash right. It is therefore our vision to set up a centre of excellence for waste management here in Asia-Pacific and lead the region in establishing environmentally responsible and sustainable practices for a better tomorrow.

Increase in Singapore’s solid waste output since 1970s


1970: 1,260 tonnes
2016: 8,559 tonnes
Trash generated per day


Average percentage of solid waste that is recycled


  6% - Landfill
94% - Incinerator
Breakdown of waste disposal methods


Number of landfill facilities in Singapore


Percentage of ferrous and non-ferrous metals that are recyclable

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