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Publisher: Melissa Tan

Editor: Edwin Pang
Dy Editor: Darren Chia
Michael Ho
Dr Kelvin Lee
Andre Tay



6 Waste Management Associations Ink MOU to boost efforts in Asia Pacific

Source: Channel News Asia

Date: 22 October
Venue: Max Atria at Singapore Expo

To boost efforts for greater sustainability in Southeast Asia’s waste management and recycling industry, six waste management associations from the region came together on Thursday (Oct 22) to sign a Memorandum of
Understanding (MoU) to mark the formation of the Asia Pacific Waste and Environment Alliance (APWEA).

The associations from Singapore, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines signed the MoU at the third WasteMET Asia Symposium. The event was witnessed by Singapore’s Senior Minister of State,Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources and Ministry of Health, Dr Amy Khor.

Members of the non-governmental business network will also be using this Alliance as a platform to share their
knowledge and expertise, while adopting best practices.


WasteMET Asia holds its 3rd Symposium 

Date: 22 & 23 October
Venue: Max Atria at Singapore Expo

The “New 3Rs: Reinvent, Renew, Regenerate”-themed conference was successfully held over 2 days and covered topics such as building a sustainable business, domestic waste and recycling as well as industrial waste management. Different perspectives were shared by experts from Germany, Sweden,Taiwan, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Singapore. Delegates also had the opportunity to network with each other and visit either the Senoko Waste-to-Energy plant or ECO Special Waste Management’s treatment and recycling facility.


Left: WMRAS’ Green Ambassador actor / producer Edmund Chen Zhicai speaking up for sustainability from his perspective as a “Citizen of the Earth”.
Right: Audience at WasteMET Asia Symposium listening to a presentation.

Guangdong Environmental Sanitation Association visits Singapore waste and recycling companies

18 delegates from GDESA arrived a day before the WasteMET Asia Symposium for a day of site visits to Singapore waste and recycling companies on 21 October. The WMRAS secretariat assisted in the arrangements and accompanied the delegation to 800 Super Waste Management, LHT Holdings and Samwoh Eco-Green Building, the first building in the region to be constructed using up to 100% recycled concrete aggregate.  

 Mr Philip Lim, operations director of 800 Super, presenting to the GDESA delegates.  

Left: Mr Pok Cheng San, HR & admin manager, giving a guided tour of LHT Holdings which deals in waste wood. 
Right: GDESA delegates posing for a picture at LHT with Mr Pok (centre in blue), GDESA chairman Chen Shankun (on his left) and WMRAS executive director Edwin Pang (on his right).


Mr Tiah Guo Wei, research engineer at Samwoh Corporation taking GDESA delegates through the many informative and interesting exhibits at Samwoh’s R&D Centre as well as visitor gallery. The beautifully-designed facility also played host to delegates from the Indonesia Solid Waste Association the next day. 

WMRAS presents its 1st Excellence Awards

The inaugural industry awards for WMRAS were presented at a dinner held during the WasteMET Asia Symposium 2015 on 22 October. The objectives of the awards were to recognize, encourage and motivate existing employees serving the waste management and recycling industry.

Singapore’s Senior Minister of State, Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources and Ministry of Health, Dr Amy Khor, presented the awards to the following winners who were accompanied on stage by their employers: 


The event is broadly divided into the “Keynote Session: The Circular Economy” and the “Industry Cases Session”. The latter covers business models, wastes revival, rethink resources, and re-engineering for sustainability. In this conference, SIMTech will also introduce a new capability related to water efficiency.

This year, SMC’15 is co-organised with Singapore Business Federation (SBF) and supported by WMRAS.

Winners of the 2015 Green Technology and Green Enterprise Award will share their green journey with participants. The event will also feature complimentary clinic sessions on sustainable manufacturing where industry participants can consult experts on issues in sustainable manufacturing.

To register, click here

Singapore Manufacturing Federation (SMF) Business Forum with Indonesia’s Salim Group

Date: 9 November 2015, Monday

Venue: SMF Auditorium, Level 2
2985 Jalan Bukit Merah Singapore 159457
Time: 10am to 1pm (registration commences at 9.30am)


Singapore Business Federation (SBF) Business Mission to Indonesia 

Date: 23 – 27 November 2015

Location: Semarang & Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Cost: SBF Common Cost + Administrative Fee – $770 (SBF/SME/ASME Members);$963 (Non-members)

Total Cost (Inclusive of Airfare & Hotel via Travel Agent, Estimated) – $1,588.40 (SBF/SME/ASME Members); $1,781

Closing date: 9 November 2015

To register for the above events, please contact Leon Chong at DID: (65) 6826 or Email: leon.chong@smfederation.org.sg


How recycling is wasteful 


Source: The Straits Times, 11 Oct 2015

“Trying to turn garbage into gold costs a lot more than expected. We need to ask ourselves: What is the goal here?”, says Mr David Steiner, the chief executive officer of Waste Management, the largest recycler of household trash in the US. 

Recycling has been relentlessly promoted as a goal in and of itself: an unalloyed public good and private virtue that is indoctrinated in students from kindergarten through college. As a result, otherwise well-informed and educated people have no idea of the relative costs and benefits.

The environmental benefits of recycling come chiefly from reducing the need to manufacture new products – less mining, drilling and logging. But that’s not so appealing to the workers in those industries and to the communities that have accepted the environmental trade-offs that come with those jobs.

For centuries, the real cost of labour has been in
creasing while the real cost of raw materials has been declining. That’s why we can afford to buy so much more stuff than our ancestors could. As a labour-intensive activity, recycling is an increasingly expensive way to produce materials that are less and less valuable.

Full article here.

NEA inks deal for largest waste-to-energy plant in Singapore


Source: Channel News Asia, 27 Oct 2015
Photo: Senoko Waste to Energy Plant © National Environment Agency of Singapore. All Rights Reserved

The National Environment Agency (NEA) signed an agreement on Monday (Oct 26) with a consortium to develop Singapore’s sixth waste-to-energy plant. The consortium, which comprises Hyflux and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, will develop the plant through its project company, TuasOne. Slated to be Singapore’s largest, the plant will have the capacity to incinerate 3,600 tonnes of waste and generate 120 megawatts of electricity per day.

To help meet the country’s increasing waste disposal needs, it will also provide waste-to-energy services to NEA over a 25-year period, from 2019 to 2044. Construction work is expected to commence in early 2016 and end in 2019.

WMRAS warmly welcomes its new members:

1. Alpha Process Solutions

2. Contenur S.L.

 3.Hyva Asia Holdings Pte Ltd

4. STEINERT Australia Pty Ltd

5. TES-AMM Singapore Pte Ltd

This brings our total membership to 114

Contact the Secretariat if you would like to advertise in this newsletter or on our website, or if you have any training needs or business leads.

Waste Management & Recycling Association of Singapore (WMRAS)
Address: 10 Hoe Chiang Road #21-01 Keppel Towers Singapore 089315
Tel: +65 6222 5328
Website: http://www.wmras.org.sg/
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