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S ingapore has begun its journey new incineration plants or land lls. Singapore Unlike the traditional linear economy with
towards a zero-waste future. While
the goal seems unattainable with our consumerist lifestyle, it is a road the country must travel. With only a single landfill at Pulau Semakau, Singapore will have to minimise its waste generated to stretch the lifespan of this waste disposal site. Based on current disposal rate, Semakau Landfill will run out of space by 2035.
There are few options available for Singapore. With a total land area of about 721 square metres, it has limited land to build
also cannot export itself out of the problem, as countries are tightening up their regulations and curbing waste imports.
A masterplan was unveiled on 30 August 2019 to outline Singapore’s key strategies in becoming a zero-waste nation. The Zero Waste Masterplan is a holistic strategy, encompassing legislation and regulation, infrastructure, industry development, research and development, and outreach, to shift Singapore towards a circular economy.
its “take-make-throw” approach, the circular economy tries its levelled best to keep resources in use for as long as possible. In short, Singapore is trying to treat waste the way it treats its water - by wringing value from every last drop.
Incineration ash can be turned into construction material, gold and precious metals can be extracted from discarded electronics and food waste can be used to produce energy. The target is to reduce the waste sent to its only land ll by 30 percent each day.

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