SINGAPORE: Extra waste was generated in Singapore in 2022, the second consecutive yr of improve as financial exercise continued to choose up.
Round 7.39 million tonnes of strong waste have been generated final yr. This is a rise of about 6 per cent from the 6.94 million tonnes in 2021, in response to the Nationwide Setting Company’s (NEA) annual waste and recycling report launched on Wednesday (Might 3).
Waste from the home sector – households and commerce premises like faculties and hawker centres – went up from 1.82 million tonnes to 1.86 million tonnes final yr.
For the non-domestic sector – industries and business premises – the quantity of waste generated rose from 5.12 million tonnes to five.53 million tonnes in 2022.
Recycling charges rose as nicely.
Of the 7.39 million tonnes of waste generated, 4.19 million tonnes have been recycled. This quantities to a 57 per cent recycling price in 2022, up from 55 per cent within the earlier yr and 52 per cent in 2020.
The newest determine, nonetheless, was nonetheless decrease than pre-COVID ranges of 59 per cent in 2019 as a result of much less paper waste was recycled.
Below Singapore’s Zero Waste Masterplan, the nation goals to extend its total recycling price to 70 per cent by 2030.
The non-domestic recycling price stands at 72 per cent, up from 70 per cent, however the home recycling price dipped from 13 per cent to 12 per cent.
That’s largely as a result of a drop in paper or cardboard and textile or leather-based waste recycled, that are often exported for recycling, NEA stated. The quantity exported final yr was decrease due to excessive freight prices.
In 2022, paper and cardboard waste accounted for 14.4 per cent of complete waste generated, whereas textile or leather-based waste made up 3.4 per cent of complete waste.
These two waste streams are extra affected by fluctuations in freight charges as a result of their worth is decrease in comparison with metallic waste, which can be partially exported, NEA defined.