If your company or organisation wishes to reduce the waste generated from your premises, you can first conduct a waste audit.
A waste audit involves finding out the type and quantity of waste generated, and how the waste are generated and disposed. This audit would help you to identify the problems and opportunities for waste reduction.
How to Conduct a Waste Audit
You can conduct a simple waste audit by:
- Sorting the waste in the waste bins to find out the waste type and quantity
- Checking the material purchasing records and waste disposal records to learn where the waste comes from and where it ends up
- Walking around the site and checking with the staff to identify where and how the waste are generated
With the data collected from the waste audit, you can identify the major waste types and find ways to reduce them at the source of generation or divert them from disposal through reuse and recycling. Read more
The latest 2009 waste statistics and recycling rate for Singapore can be found at the National Environment Agency’s website. An overview of the waste figures can be found in the infographic below.
Waste Generated refers to the total amount of waste generated in Singapore, which is the addition of Waste Disposed and Waste Recycled. Waste Disposed refers to the total amount of waste disposed at the four waste-to-energy or incineration plants, and at the offshore Semakau Landfill. Waste Recycled refers to the total amount of waste that is recycled locally or exported overseas for recycling. Read more