Pulau Semakau landfill site to be expanded (The Straits Times, Tuesday 12 June 2012)

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 Pulau Semakau landfill site to be expanded

Singapore’s offshore landfill is about to get larger.

Pulau Semakau currently has about 190ha of man-made cavaties underneath it – roughly hald the size of Sentosa. These “cells” are used to dispose of waste, mostly ash from incinerated rubbish.

Under phase two of the National Environment Agency’s expansion plans, another 160ha of landfill space will be added.

The existing site – which has been in use since 1999 and received 2330 tonnes of waste a day – is expected to be full in about three years.

The agency is working with other government bodies on the expansion, which is due to be finished by 2015.

A tender will be called once its design proposal is approved.

It is hoped that the site will carry on being used until 2045 and beyond.

Pulau Semakau is also the first to combine a landfill with a biodiversity conservation zone.

Siau Ming En

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