Waste Disposal

General Waste Disposal Facility

As part of efforts to safeguard public health and the environment, NEA started licensing the general waste disposal facilities from 1 August 2017. The general waste disposal facilities (GWDFs) are defined as facilities that receive, store, process or treat general waste, and include the recycling facilities. A list of GWDF licensees by waste streams is found here [XLSX, 76.85 KB].

Licensing criteria

Any facility that receives, stores, processes or treats general waste are required to apply for licence in order to operate, except for the following facilities/premises.

a)     Any refuse bin centre
b)     Any residential premises used for depositing or storing general waste
c)     Any machinery or apparatus (for example, a food waste digester) used solely to process or treat waste generated at the premises in which the machinery or apparatus is located
d)     Any water reclamation facility. 

How to apply for a general waste disposal facility licence

GWDF licence application is done on the GoBusiness Portal. The GWDF licence fee is $300 and has a licence validity of two years. In the event of any changes in operation or facility location within the licence validity, the licensee is required to submit an amendment to their existing GWDF licence through the GoBusiness Portal, and the cost of amendment of the licence is $70.

The following are supporting documents that you will need/upload during the licence application.

  • Details of applicant
  • Details of the facility to be licensed, including but not limited to, location of facility, design data, list of equipment, process details, and employment information
  • Source of waste intake and offtake/disposal plan for products recovered/waste generated by the facility
  • Contingency plans during emergency or disruption in operation
  • Process flow diagram and a description of the overall process/operation of the GWDF
  • Sample of export/cargo clearance permit (if any)
  • A scheduled maintenance programme of all major equipment
  • Tenancy/lease Agreement
  • ACRA Business Profile/Singpass account authorised by CorpPass Admin
  • Industrial Siting Consultation (ISC)* reply, previously known as Industrial Allocation (IA), from Development Control and Licensing Division.

* The ISC process is to ensure that the proposed activities at the premises will be able to meet the buffer requirement (i.e. separation distance from the industrial premises to the nearest residential building(s) or similar stay-in facilities such as hospitals, nursing homes, etc.) as stated in the Singapore Standard on the Code of Practice for Pollution Control (SS593:2013). For ISC applications and more related information, please visit https://www.nea.gov.sg/our-services/development-control/guidelines-for-building-plan-submission/industrial-siting-consultation.

Progressive Wage Model 

GWDF licensees are required to conform to the wage levels, overtime rate of pay and bonuses specified by the Commissioner for Labour for Singapore Citizen and Permanent Resident waste disposal workers in the materials recovery sub-sector. More information can be found at MOM's website.

From 1 Jul 2023, licence applicant will be notified to log in to the Waste Resource Management System (WRMS) to submit information and supporting documents relating to the Progressive Wage Model (PWM) for the material recovery sub-sector. Licence applicant may choose to update the information using the WRMS or download the template here [XLSX, 14.35 KB] and upload it to WRMS.

Training Requirement

Under Environmental Public Health (General Waste Disposal Facility) Regulations 2017 R3B(1)(c), the licensee must ensure that every waste disposal worker employed by the licensee satisfies the training requirement as may be specified by the Director-General.

All waste disposal employed for 3 months or more are to be trained according to the list of modules found under Annex C of the Tripartite Cluster for Waste Management's recommendation report, at the point of licence application and throughout the licence period. The training modules are to be selected according to the PWM job title of the waste disposal worker employed by the licensee. The training requirement applies to both Singapore Citizen and Permanent Resident, including full-time, part-time, and casual waste disposal workers.

Applicants are required to declare all training modules attained by the Singapore Citizen and Permanent Resident waste disposal workers employed by their business when they are notified to submit information and supporting documents relating to the Progressive Wage Model (PWM) for the material recovery sub-sector.

Useful Information

Downloading WSQ e-Certs 

A step-by-step user guide to support workers in downloading their WSQ e-Certs from MySkillsFuture portal can be found at: 

https:/www.myskillsfuture.gov.sg/content/portal/en/header/faqs/eCerts.html

If the workers have forgotten their SingPass password, they may visit the SingPass website or SingPass counter to reset their password. The list of SingPass counters and their locations can be accessed here: 

https://www.singpass.gov.sg/home/ui/counter-locations.

Identifying PWM job title of waste disposal workers

Waste management businesses may refer to Annex B of the Tripartite Cluster for Waste Management's recommendation report for the list of job descriptions for the materials recovery sub-sector.
Ensure waste disposal workers attends the trainingWaste management businesses should make necessary provisions to allow their workers to attend their scheduled training. Service buyers are also encouraged to engage their service providers in open communication for mutually agreeable arrangements, so that their workers can attend training and be upskilled, and to prevent service downtime.
Keep records to monitor training attended by waste disposal workersWaste management businesses are required to monitor and keep track of the training attended by their workforce, the licensee must keep the records, accounts or documents specified in Environmental Public Health (General Waste Disposal Facility) Regulations 2017 R3B(1)(e).

Daily Register

All GWDF licensees must maintain a Daily Register, using this template [XLSX, 154.48 KB], that records the following information: 

a)   The source, type and quantity of all general waste received; 
b)   The type and quantity of all products recovered or produced;
c)   The type and quantity of all general waste stored; 
d)   The type and quantity of all residual waste recovered or produced and disposed of; and
e)   The method by which such residue was disposed of.

GWDF licensees are required to submit their Daily Register records on their transactions every 6 months, and upload the Daily Registers to Waste Resource Management System as supporting documents (with the exception of GWDFs with contractual obligations to submit Daily Register records every month).

List of advisories/guidelines

A list of advisories/guidelines for general waste disposal facility licensees is found in the table below.  

S/N Description Document
  1 Advisory for safe handling of empty aerosol cans/canisters Clarification to WSHC alert advisory for the safe handling of empty aerosol cans [PDF, 1002.11 KB]

WSHC's alert advisory [PDF, 756.6 KB]
 2Guidelines for disposal of used/empty cylinders containing flammable materialsGuidelines for disposal of used/empty cylinders containing flammable materials [PDF,  136KB]
 3Advisory on safe management of waste materialsAdvisory on safe management of waste materials[PDF, 1.58 MB]
 4Guidelines for the submission of Daily Register via WRMSGuidelines for the submission of Daily Register via WRMS[PDF, 1.56 MB]
 5GWDF Dialogue Session Briefing SlidesGWDF Briefing Slides [PDF, 1.75 MB]


For queries relating to the general waste disposal facility licence, please fill in the online feedback form or call our hotline at 6225 5632.