It’s nice to know that a country as small as Singapore can maximize (what little) resources they have, and use them to ensure a sustainable and well-maintained society. Famous vlogger, Nas Daily, shares this informational video on how Singapore cleans their trash. The country has even made an island out of it!
See what they’ve done through their solid waste management infrastructure in this short video below:
Everyone needs to see this. I report back to you something that almost no tourists get to see here in Singapore. Because not many people wanna visit or get permission to visit a landfill….But here, you might wanna do that. Their landfills almost feel like resorts. They are just insanely clean. Here is how they did it:They made an Island in the middle of the ocean, they enclosed a big pool of ocean water by dumping sand all around it. On the maind island, they burn their trash, filter the smoke for any pollutants, they ship the ashes to this Island and bury them under these waters. All while keeping everything clean. Literally 30 meters outside of the landfills, there is a fish farm and it's completely 100% safe! Around the Island, there is wildlife, birds, animals, beaches, you name it. It just so happens to have tons of ashes buried underwater right next to it.Obviously this is more expensive way to treat waste. But boy, it blew my mind and I hope you like it!! INSTAGRAM: @nasdailyGROUP: Nas Daily GlobalWithout Tan Hang Chong & Hilly Ting this wouldn't be possible. You rock!! Thank you for contacting National Environment Agency (NEA). And thank you NEA for responding!
Posted by Nas Daily on Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Video Credit: Nas Daily/Facebook
This can well be described as literally turning garbage into gold. But the important point here is that, even with the little resources you have – such as land as in the case of Singapore, there will always be a way to make the most of every situation. Of course, this can only be achieved through proper planning and good governance well in mind.
Watch: How Singapore Cleans their Waste and turns it into an Island
Over the years, we’ve seen how Singapore has grown as a nation. Along with it, the demand for resources and the amount of solid waste products steadily rose from 1,260 tonnes per day back in 1970 to its highest to date at 8,559 tonnes per day in 2016.
The nice thing about how Singaporeans deal with their solid waste is that everything starts at households and businesses. Even before solid waste is collected, recyclables have already been segregated for processing to prolong their lifespan. The remaining solid waste is then collected and is delivered to various waste-to-energy plants for incineration. Through this process, the volume of solid waste is greatly reduced (by up to 90%) and this produces steam that powers turbine generators to produce electricity.
The ashes of incinerated solid waste and even the non-incinerable wastes are then sent to the Tuas Marine Transform Station (TMTS) to be deposited at the Semakau landfill.
Waste-to-Energy (WTE): The Process
At present, Singapore’s waste disposal infrastructure is composed of four WTE plants:
- Tuas South
- Keppel Seghers
The solid waste materials, after they have been properly segregated, are sent to the WTE plants for incineration. The process significantly reduces the solid waste volume by 90%. Over the years, this has helped land-scarce Singapore take care of its need for more landfills, thus establishing a sustainable waste management framework.
The Future is Now
And just when you think that ‘sustainable’ has been a simple goal to achieve for the Singaporean government with its successful waste management framework, the National Environment Agency (NEA) of Singapore is further looking into the establishment of an Integrated Waste Management Facility (IWMF) to make sure that Singapore meets its long-term waste management needs, and to achieve long-term environmental sustainability.
Truly, roadblocks such as limited resources and scarce geographic reserves should not stop a country from pursuing what is best for its people, as exemplified by Singapore. And while the results may be attractive on the outside, it’s truly the long arduous process to get there which should be given the real highlight in this kind of accomplishment.