Singapore opens metal recovery unit for waste reduction

Singapore, Dec 1 (IANS) Singapore’s first ever metal recovery facility was inaugurated on Tuesday, as part of the National Environment Agency’s long-term strategy to become a Zero Waste Nation.

Since operations began in July 2015, the REMEX Metal Recovery Facility has reduced incineration bottom ash (IBA) by 10 percent, leading to 10 percent less waste sent to Semakau landfill for disposal, Channel News Asia reported.

Singapore’s only landfill was originally expected to run out of space by 2035, but with the facility, its lifespan can now be prolonged.

About 1,800 tonnes of IBA is processed at the facility each day, and 14,000 tonnes of metal have been recovered so far.

“The REMEX Metal Recovery Facility is a critical component of our long term plan to work towards a Zero Waste Nation, a key theme under the Singapore Sustainable Blueprint 2015, which outlines our plans for a more liveable and sustainable Singapore,” Minister of Environment and Water Resources Masagos Zulkifli said.

“The opening of this facility there marks a significant milestone in our efforts towards a Zero Waste Nation,” he added.

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