There are Singaporeans who care about the waste disposal situation here. For these people, perhaps they will be relieved to know that the second phase of the development of Semakau Landfill has been accomplished. This is according to the Singapore’s National Environment Agency (NEA).
The landfill’s second phase of development offers an additional capacity of sixteen million cubic metres (this is equivalent to more or less six thousand Olympic-size pools). This is said to be enough to meet the waste disposal needs of the country up to 2035 and possibly beyond.
The second phase converted the remaining 157 hectare of sea space into a landfill. The project boasts of lower overall construction cost because of minimizing the amount of sand used. It does not end there because there will be two engineering features that can help the efficacy of waste disposal.
The first feature is the construction of a floating platform (about 200 metre). This platform will permit dump trucks to release burning ash unto the landfill ell. The other feature is the floating wastewater treatment plant. The wastewater treatment plant will meet the standards set by the Trade Effluent Discharge. It is crucial that the water will undergo treatment before it is discharged into the sea.
The second phase was spearheaded because the first phase of the landfill is expected to be fully occupied by year 2016. NEA did not allow the rich ecosystem and biodiversity of Semakau Island to be destroyed thus the transferring and transplanting of coral colonies to Sisters’ Island.
Now that we know where we are when it comes to Semakau Landfill, the least that we can do is to be conscious of our waste disposals and help protect our rich biodiversity.