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Mon 18 Jul 2005

Semakau Landfill opens for recreational use!

Category : events

16 Jul 2005 - The "Official launch of Semakau landfill for recreational activities" was held on Saturday at Pulau Semakau. The guest of honour was Dr Yacob Ibrahim, Minster for the Environment and Water Resources (MEWR).

Wildfilms, Blue Water Volunteers, Raffles Museum Toddycats, Nature Society (Singapore), The Sport Fishing Association of Singapore and former residents visited the island for the launch and also flew kites kites and rode bicycles!

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See reports in the media (pdfs):

To visit Semakau, contact one of these interest groups:
  • Sport Fishing - The Sport Fishing Association of Singapore at info@sfas.net
  • Birdwatching - The Nature Society (Singapore), tel: 6457-1196
  • Intertidal walks (from early 2006) - The Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research; contact Ms Wang Luan Keng (email: dbswlk@nus.edu.sg or mobile: 92707503).

Posted at 8:30AM UTC by N. Sivasothi | permalink | email |

Mon 18 Jul 2005

Pedal Ubin! 20 places left for 23 Jul 2005

Category : events

The next Pedal Ubin ride will be on Saturday, 23rd Jul 2005, 8.30am.

The ride is free but pre-registration is necessary. There are 20 places left. To register, please email the following information to pedalubin@yahoo.com

  • 1. Name,
  • 2. Email address,
  • 3. Contact number (handphone),
  • 4. Cycling ability (wobbly, steady, WOW!),
  • 5. Emergency contact number,

Posted at 2:07AM UTC by N. Sivasothi | permalink | email |

Mon 18 Jul 2005

Increase in recycling now extends life of Semakau landfill by 15 years

Category : envt

Earlier, the Clean Card 2005 reported a 10 year extension. So, more improvement!

"Semakau landfill to last 15 more years as recycling reduces waste." Channel News Asia, 16 Jul 2005.[pdf]

(Excerpt) - "Singapore's landfill at Semakau can now last up to 45 years, 15 more than initially expected. This is because recycling has gone up hence generating less waste to be incinerated and dumped at the landfill.

Environment and Water Resources Minister Dr Yaacob Ibrahim gave this update when he officially opened the Semakau landfill for recreational activities on Saturday.

When the Semakau landfill first started operations in 1999, it was expected to last for 30 years, up to 2030. But recycling has caught on recently.

Last year, the volume of waste generated was 11 per cent less compared to 5 years ago, enabling Semakau's lifespan to be extended until 2045.

Dr Yaacob said: "I want to emphasise that recycling is the way to go for us because we cannot continue this manner. Although we can extend this to 2045, we got to think of what the next generation will have to do. So recycling, conserving and minimising waste is the way to go or we have to continue to explore ways to dispose of waste and ultimately Singaporeans will have to do their part.""

Posted at 1:42AM UTC by N. Sivasothi | permalink | email | Raffles Museum news