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Waste Statistics and Overall Recycling 

Key highlights

In tandem with Singapore's growing population and affluence, the amount of solid waste generated in 2015 increased to 7.67 million tonnes, up by 159,000 tonnes from 7.51 million tonnes in 2014. The amount of waste recycled also increased from 4.47 million tonnes in 2014 to 4.65 million tonnes in 2015. The overall recycling rate was 61 per cent in 2015, a slight increase from the 60 per cent in 2014. The increase in recycling rate was due to an uptick in the recycling of wood, horticultural waste and metals. The contribution from a new Metal Recovery Facility, which started operations in July 2015 and recovers metals from incineration bottom ash (IBA), increased the amount of metal recycled from 1.48 million tonnes to 1.49 million tonnes.

Waste and Recycling Statistics for 2015

Waste Type Waste Disposed of (tonnes) Waste Recycled (tonnes) Waste Generated (tonnes) Recycling Rate (%)
icon Construction Debris 8,900 1,402,900 1,411,800 99%
icon Used slag 4,100 365,800 369,900 99%
icon Ferrous metal 15,200 1,333,300 1,348,500 99%
icon Scrap tyres 2,700 32,800 35,500 92%
icon Non-Ferrous metals 19,600 160,400 180,000 89%
icon Wood 76,900 293,700 370,600 79%
icon Horticultural Waste 124,800 237,200 362,000 66%
icon Paper/Cardboard 588,500 603,700 1,192,200 51%
icon Glass 60,600 14,600 75,200 19%
icon Ash & Sludge 170,800 25,200 196,000 13%
icon Food 681,400 104,100 785,500 13%
icon Textile/Leather 144,200 12,500 156,700 8%
icon Plastics 766,800 57,800 824,600 7%
icon Others (stones, ceramic, rubber, etc.) 359,300 5,700 365,000 2%
Total 3,023,800 4,649,700 7,673,500 61%

Note:      
Metal recovered from IBA for recycling is excluded from total waste disposed.
Wood and horticultural waste recycled include 278,000 tonnes used as fuel in biomass power plants.

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