June-July 2020

Semakau Landfill 20th Anniversary

Semakau Landfill celebrated its 20th Anniversary on 10 December 2019, commemorating the milestone and honouring the pioneer engineers behind this engineering feat. The event was graced by Guest of Honour, Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State for the Environment and Water Resources. The celebration also reflects the shared responsibility of multi-sectoral stakeholders, including Singaporeans, in extending Semakau’s lifespan.

Envision Lite Issue 1-7Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State for the Environment & Water Resources delivering her congratulatory remarks

Semakau Landfill is Singapore’s first – and only – offshore landfill. Developed in response to growing waste volumes amidst land constraints, Semakau Landfill was a uniquely, bold and innovative approach, which has enabled us to achieve land use optimisation, efficient waste management and biodiversity conservation, all at the same time. It is a testament to Singapore’s engineering capability. It also demonstrates Singapore’s adaptability and ingenuity in coming up with novel solutions to meet our developmental needs in a sustainable manner. NEA Reetaza Chattergee takes us down the memory lane on the development of Semakau Landfill in the upcoming ENVISION Issue 18 - stay tuned.

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Semakau Landfill's lifespan is getting shorter by the minute. At our current rate of waste generation, Semakau Landfill (SL) is expected to be fully filled by 2035.

Singapore’s inaugural Zero Waste Masterplan, launched on 30 August 2019, sets a new waste reduction target for Singapore - to reduce the waste sent to Semakau Landfill each day by 30 per cent by 2030 - which will help to extend Semakau Landfill's lifespan beyond 2035.This marks a significant milestone in Singapore’s sustainable development journey and a key step towards the vision of a Zero Waste Nation. NEA Goh Ping Yao takes a look inside the Zero Waste Masterplan

Envision Lite Issue 1-9Replanted mangrove at the Southern plot of Semakau Landfill.

During the physical development of Pulau Semakau, it is lesser-known that NEA undertook measures to minimise environmental impacts and to safeguard and enhance the natural ecosystems, like mangroves and coral reefs. Today, it is not only a landfill, but also a coastal and marine biodiversity haven.

NEA Lim Tian Kuay shares on the development of Pulau Semakau Landfill as an illustration of sustainable development which addresses many of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Read here 

Envision Lite Issue 1-10Seagrass and macroalgae on reef flat.

Envision Lite Issue 1-11Monitoring of the coral reef during the construction of SL perimeter bund.