The latest statistics from the Singapore National Environment Agency (NEA) show that the recycling rate in Singapore continues to grow, to the extent that the net generation of waste is about the same as it was in 2000. This is not a bad result but, in a country the size of Singapore, with a growing population, it is critical that people are aware of the importance of managing their ecological footprint.
The high proportion of construction debris that is recycled in Singapore is perhaps the most stunning statistic; a sign, perhaps, that raw materials are becoming more expensive. The recycling of construction materials is certainly becoming a very lucrative business. National performance in the recycling of plastics is less impressive, and in the consumer society of Singapore where plastic packaging is so rife, this is definitely an area for improvement.
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