Recap: ECO Enrich! Series on Waste on 3rd November 2011, 7pm at *Scape.

The ENRICH! series is where we have interesting speakers or people who are interested to conduct workshops. These sessions are free and the intent is to increase the community’s environmental knowledge with us as we find ways to ENRICH! their stay with us.

On 3rd November, ECO Singapore had our part 1 of 6 of the ECO Enrich! Series talk. ( Part 1 is on Waste.. the other 5 will be on  Biodiversity, Energy, Food, Shelter, Water.. in no particular order). The theme for the November is Waste. 56 people made up of mostly students and some from the statutory boards came down for the talk which was held at  the Seminar room of Grid MMS at *Scape from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.

Due to the broad issues on the theme of Waste, we decided to touch on those which we felt would be relevant to the mass consumers, like Green Plastic Bags and Bottled Water. Please find below the topics and speakers for that night:

  1. Topic: Total Solution of Green Plastic Bag Using Oxium (oxo-Degradable) and Ecoplas – (Biodegradable) Technology- and Co-operation with Indonesia Solid Waste Association (ISWA) 

Speaker: Mr Alan Yeap, Chief Executive Office, New Quantum Holdings

  1. Topic: MyWaterBottle Campaign- Why we should buy less bottled water and use reusable water bottles.

Speaker: Mr Eugene Tay, Founder and Director, Green Future Solutions.

  1. Topic: Integrated Solid Waste Management in Singapore- Overview of Solid Waste Situation, Challenges and Strategies

Speaker: Mr Tang Eng Sang, Senior Manager, Waste Minimisation & Recycling Section (WMRS), Waste & Resource Management (WMRD), National Environment Agency (NEA)

  1. Topic: WasteMet Asia

Speaker: Mr James Boey, Deputy Director at Singex Venues, Project Manager for WasteMet Asia

PDFs for Session 2 and Session 4 is available upon request. Please email to norlastrina@eco-singapore.org with subject: Enrich_Waste_PDFRequest.

Some of the feedbacks we received included comments about the Q&A style- because we had 4 speakers and only 2 hours, we let the audience asked questions right after each session. Many thought it was good as it allowed them to clarify doubts and find out more from the speakers straightaway and that it allowed members of the audience to provide certain key points and line of arguments. On the other hand, because it was a long session, some of them thought that there should have been a break in between (we will keep this in mind) and provided more refreshments as well as time for networking opportunities.

ECO Singapore would like to thank the Speakers for taking time off on Thursday night to share their knowledge and expertise on the topics as well as the attendees for coming down to our first ECO Enrich! Series. We thank you for your feedbacks and aim to make upcoming Enrich! talks better.

About the organisations:

  • New Quantum Holdings Pte Ltd (NQH) was founded inSingaporeas a holdings company involved in the value-added business activities for commodities ranging from petrochemicals to agricultural products, as well as manufacturing of plastic finish products. NQH also offers high-tech products & services such as authenticating technology for packaging and documents. NQH emphasises the industry chain growth to provide value-added products and services to our customers. With integrated backward and forward business strategies in place, NQH uses plastic raw materials to produce creative and unique plastic finish products such as degradable and biodegradable plastic bags. NQH uses the latest cutting-edge authentication technology to enhance the plastic finish product to make it unique to our clients. We plan and target to grow through the industry value-added chain.
  • Green Future Solutions is a Singapore-based business that promotes environmental awareness and action for our green future through 1) Providing consultation services for SMEs to increase revenue and become more sustainable 2) Publishing Singapore’s leading environmental websites that provides environmental news, tips and resources 3) Speaking on green strategies and ideas 4) Annual publication of the Singapore Green Landscape, the Green Events Guides and other reports. One of the iniatives they have is the non-profit mywaterbottle campaign.
  • National Environment Agency– The National Environment Agency (NEA) is the leading public organization responsible for improving and sustaining a clean and green environment inSingapore. The NEA develops and spearheads environmental initiatives and programmes through its partnership with the People, Public and Private sectors. It is committed to motivating every individual to take up environmental ownership and to care for the environment as a way of life.
  •  The inaugural WasteMET Asia (Waste Management and Environmental Technology) Exhibition and Conference is jointly organised by the Waste Management and Recycling Association of Singapore (WMRAS) and the National Environment Agency (NEA), with the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) as its strategic partner. WasteMET Asia is an event focusing on Waste Management & Environmental Technology, showcasing waste management, recycling, energy and resource recovery companies; as well as plant, machinery, equipment and cleaning technologies. Trade visitors will have the opportunity to source for new waste management solutions environmental technologies, meet with international clients, and hear experts present on emerging issues and trends affecting the industry