Waste management in Singapore gets a boost.
TAP Centre for Environment, Waste Management to be set up in Singapore
A Training, Advisory & Promotion (TAP) Centre for Environment and Waste Management will be set up in Singapore in the second half of 2011. This follows the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Waste Management and Recycling Association of Singapore (WMRAS) with the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) and the National Environment Agency (NEA) The signing took place at a workshop held in conjunction with the World Cities Summit. NEA said the TAP Centre will be ISWA's first-of-its kind training centre outside Europe, where the association is based. It will organise regional and international waste management training workshops, forums and tradeshows to establish an efficient waste management environment in Asia. It will also provide waste management advisory services on policies and master-planning considerations to regional organisations and governments.
Asia is currently generating about 1 million tonnes of waste per day and this is expected to increase to 1.8 million tonnes daily by 2025. According to a World Bank study, the cost of solid waste management in urban Asia was US$25 billion per year in 1999, and this figure is expected to increase to US$50 billion per year by 2025. Hence, NEA said waste management has become a crucial issue in the Asia Pacific region, potentially taking a toll on the environmental front and a country's financial ability to cope with rising waste management costs.