We've got a problem with waste. In 2015, Singapore generated 7.67 million tonnes of waste – enough to fill 3,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
Of this, 4.5 million kilograms of waste are disposed by Singaporean households every day.
We have one remaining landfill – Pulau Semakau – but it is expected to fill up in 2035, depending on our recycling rates. Notwithstanding its S$610m cost, we currently have no viable site for a new one.
Yet, our household recycling rate has stagnated over the years – from 22% in 2010 to 21% in 2016. Considering that 75% of waste can be recycled, this number is too low.
This cannot carry on – we are here to make a change.
A blue bin for co-mingled recyclables has been placed for every block of flats and for every private residence. However, contamination rate of recyclables (% of waste that cannot be recycled) for these bins is high at 40%.
Contaminated recyclables result in low-quality products. You may practice good recycling habits, but your efforts all went to waste when that inconsiderate neighbour chucked a half-eaten bowl of mee siam into the bin.
Because no source segregation is possible, large amounts of energy and manpower is required for subsequent sorting processes.
THE SURF DIFFERENCE
We want to incentivize households for giving us clean, segregated recyclables by awarding them with points! You can also keep track of your recycling history and see your contributions toward a sustainable environment.