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"We are different": Singapore is not in a hurry to ban plastic bags
Time: 2020-8-22 10:25:49 Source:绿凯思科GETRECYCLING Author:GET营销中心 Hits:11

Recently, grace Fu, Singapore's newly appointed Minister of sustainable development and environment, said at an online event that Singapore's practice in banning plastic bags is "slightly different" from that of other countries by incinerating plastic waste for power generation. Singapore is not in a hurry to ban plastic bags.


"Some countries or regions have already made some decisions to ban plastic, such as plastic bags, but we are not in a hurry to take these measures," said Grace Fu. In Singapore, our attitude towards waste is more pragmatic than idealistic. "


Singapore reduces waste plastics through more pragmatic incineration or recycling.


According to a spokesman for Singapore's foreign ministry, Singapore is recycling or burning its plastic waste rather than sending it directly to landfills. Singapore's incineration process can also incinerate other ordinary wastes, and the electricity generated can be used for the country's power supply.


Take the example of the Tuas South incineration plant, which generates about 1.6 GWH of electricity a day, 20% of which is used for the power plant itself, the spokesman said. According to the data statistics of the energy market authority in 2018, the daily power generation of the power plant is equivalent to 1.2% of the total daily power consumption of Singapore.


The daily power generation of Singapore's TASS South waste incineration power plant is equivalent to 1.2% of Singapore's total daily electricity consumption.


Grace Fu said Singapore, on the other hand, is committed to recycling plastics and has adopted a "bottle to bottle" recycling process, which allows recycled plastics to maintain the original plastic quality after processing. This recycling process will also help countries export their recycled plastic solutions.


In addition, at the beginning of the new year, Singapore's National Environment Agency (NEA) announced that it would implement the consumer deposit system (DRS) for beverage packaging in 2022 as an important part of the extended producer responsibility (EPR) system for packaging waste, so as to accelerate the transition to zero waste and circular economy.


According to the National Environment Agency, Singapore produced 930000 tons of plastic waste in 2019, of which 4% was used for recycling, or 37200 tons.


Singapore's prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, said last year that climate change was a major issue related to the country's "survival" and was as important as national defense. Singapore is working on a $100 billion (US $73 billion) plan to deal with the environmental problems caused by climate change.

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