Environmental impact
Incineration of solid wastes contributes to carbon emissions and release of other harmful pollutants, e.g. dioxin and heavy metals. Landfill of non-incinerable wastes not only increases land demand but if not properly treated increases potential for ground and water contamination, including the harmful release of methane gas.

Performance Status
In Singapore, about 90% of solid wastes are incinerated on the mainland and remaining non-incinerable wastes are sent for landfill on offshore islands. Singapore Polytechnic (SP)’s solid waste stream broadly comprises office waste, food waste, horticultural waste and construction waste [A4 paper is accounted for separately]. Office and food wastes are disposed by designated refuse collectors at various bin compounds. Horticultural and construction wastes are temporarily stored in bulk bins for offsite disposal at approved dumping grounds by contractors. Segregation and recycling are available at foodcourts and vending machines for aluminium cans, plastic and glass bottles where appropriate. Other recycling efforts include printer cartridges, eye glasses, newspapers, cardboards, books and computers. SP’s waste policy encourages resale and transfer of ownership for written-off items such as library books, computer and furniture, etc.

Objectives & Targets - 2007 to 2010
Other than encouraging recycling participation and making segregation and disposal more convenient and attractive, we will explore the feasibility of recycling food and horticultural wastes.

2005 – 2006 Financial Year 1 April 2005 to 31 March 2007
Objectives & Targets Performance & Efforts
Solid waste generation –Maintain KPI at between 37.2 & 41.1 kg/student/year Met KPI target at an average amount of 40.4 kg/student/year in 2005 & 2006
Track data and trend of recycling programmes:
Used Printer Cartridges
Used Eyeglasses
Used YellowPages Phonebooks
Used Personal Computers
The collection data varies from time to time and is not feasible for determining a meaningful trend.
2001 - 2004 Financial year 1 April 2001 to 31 March 2005
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