New plaza in front of Environment Building along Scotts Road made of NEWSand derived from incinerated waste

Hopefully, this can reduce the amount of incinerated ash going to Semakau Landfill.

Sumita Thiagarajan | July 21, 2020, 01:37 PM

One man's trash is another person's treasure, or maybe even another person's building material.

For example, the newly-completed plaza in front of the Environment Building along Scotts Road has been constructed using incinerated waste.

20 tonnes of NEWSand used to repave plaza at Environment Building

As part of Singapore's journey towards Zero Waste, Minister for Environment and Water Resources Masagos Zulkifli highlighted in a Facebook post that around 20 tonnes of NEWSand were recently used to repave the concrete plaza in front of the Environment Building.

The project aligns with the efforts to practice a circular economy, which adopts the following principles, according to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation:

  • Design out waste and pollution
  • Keep products and materials in use
  • Regenerate natural systems

Masagos explained that by converting Incineration Bottom Ash, from incinerated trash, into NEWSand for construction material, Singapore will be able to extend the lifespan of Semakau Landfill beyond 2035.

Previously, NEWSand was used to construct a footpath near Our Tampines Hub and a concrete bench that can be found at the Environment Building's Eco-Garden.

The National Environment Agency (NEA) will also be running trials on NEWSand along Tanah Merah Coast Road.

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Top photos via Masagos Zulkifli/Facebook