Showing posts with label Environment. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Environment. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Launch of Flyer Recycling Bin & Zero Litter Block Party

26 June 2010

Inspired by "Save That Pen @ NUS" initiative by NUS students, I proposed to the Town Council to install a Flyer Recycling Bin at a void deck to encourage recycling and discourage littering. I am glad that my fellow Residents' Committee members were pretty supportive of the idea. And the concept of "Save That Flyer @ Eunos" is born!

At the Launch of the Zero Litter Month at Eunos Constituency, I gave an interview to Channel 8, sharing about the plan.

To launch the Flyer Recycling Bin, Eunos Zone '3' Residents' Committee held a Block Party for the residents of Blk 621 Bedok Reservoir Road, where the bin would be located.

We decided on Blk 621 because it was the block that was in between two rubbish chutes, where the typical red/blue/green recycling bins were placed. Residents of Blk 621 would have to walk a greater distance than any of the other blocks in Zone '3' Precinct. Also, Blk 621 has only one consolidated letterbox area.

Every event organised is an experience gained. Since we planned the date of the event in advance, we didn't realise that HDB is sending contractors to strengthen the pillars at the void deck of Blk 621.

Fortunately, the contractor is understanding and sped up their renovation works to give us a clean and debris-free area for our event.

During the event, games and quizzes were conducted to build awareness of paper recycling. Participants learnt that while a flyer can be recycled, an oil-stained pizza box shouldn't be.

Ivy, that latest addition to our RC family, shared with residents about the various creative ways to reusing flyers.

As our Member of Parliament was overseas, we had our RC Chairman, Mr Sawaran Singh to do us the honour of launching the Flyer Recycling Bin!

Residents also got to make new friends with one another over dinner.


It took about 3 weeks for this:

to become this:

The initial prediction of weight had been grossly underestimated. A filled bin of flyers actually weigh a stunning 10kg!

The remarkable thing is that the bin vastly reduced the amount of litter at the void deck.

Our initial worry of vandalism to the bin also went unfounded. Success!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Recce to Pang Sua Park

30 May 2010

After a late night at RWS, woke up early for a recce to Pang Sua Park. According to NParks website, "the Pang Sua Park Connector starts from Zhenghua Park and runs along Bukit Panjang Road, connecting to Bukit Panjang Park along the route... forms part of the Western Adventure PCN, linking PCN users to various PCs, parks and nature reserves."

We were surprised to see water flowing into this rusted pail. Seems like someone didn't make it alive to collect the pail... Wonderful plot for a horror movie.

The morning drizzle did not deter us from completing the 1.8km segment that we came here for.

We were surprised and pleased to see dozens of butterflies along the trail. It is such a rare chance to catch these lovely creatures in this urbanised island.

We also got to step on the railway, which will soon be part of Singapore's history.

Sunday, February 07, 2010

North East Volunteer REAL Trail

25 January 2010

National Environment Agency (NEA) and North East Community Development Council (CDC) organised the 2nd Regional Environmental Awareness for community Leaders (REAL) Programme for Environmental Experential Learning (PEEL) land trail. The trail spanned a day, with participants meeting at the Environment Building in the morning.

The first destination was to the Biopolis building at one North. There, a representative from Envac gave us a short presentation on its Pneumatic Waste Disposal system (PWDS).

Using the concept of a vacuum cleaner, rubbish is sucked at a speed of 70 km/hr from bins to a collection point, where rubbish trucks can transport the thrash to the incinerator plant in this PWDS. This way, there is no need for cleaners to empty bins. As futuristic as the system might sound, it is already in use in several cities worldwide. According to the presenter, Biopolis as well as some condominiums are already using this system.

This is how a physical collection centre looks like:

The entire pipings and containers are all airtight. Below is a replica of the actual bin. When thrash reaches a certain level, the sensors would detect it and release the valve, for the thrash to be suctioned off.

After being collected from bin centres, rubbish lands itself at the incinerator plants. We made our way to the Tuas South Incinerator Plant where we learnt how majority of the wastes are burnt off.

Rubbish trucks are weighed before they enter the plant and after the plant, so as to determine the amount of waste disposed (and hence the costs per truck). Bulky items are not allowed to be disposed off at the incinerator plants.

The incineration plants operate 24/7.

As the rubbish truck approaches, the gate is opened for them to empty their waste.

This is where the waste will be disposed from the trucks:

The internal environment is kept at sub-atmospheric pressure so as to keep the stench inside. Operators use cranes to sieve through the rubbish to ensure there is no bulky items. Then, the cranes will feed the thrash into the furnace. Occasionally, water is sprayed on the rubbish to prevent burning outside the furnace.

We also had the chance to take a look at the control station.

And this is how the ashes look like:

We had lunch at the plant. The plates, cups and utensils were reusable, in line with NEA's cut-waste policy.

After lunch, we took a ferry to the Semakau Landfill.

The guides briefed us on the details of Semakau Landfill. I recall the guide saying that in the old days, there used to be the uncles selling wanton noodles along the street. After taking away back home and finishing the food, people would return the carrier to the vendor. This is unlike the current culture of "use and throw".

Incinerated ashes are shipped to the island via a barge. When the ashes arrive, special cranes grab the ashes and transport them to the dump trucks, which will empty them in one of the cells to be buried.

The cells are coated with special geographic membranes that prevent toxic waste from contaminating seawater. Mangrove swamps which line part of the coastal areas of the island also act as sensors for contamination.

Inspection wells enable NEA officers to check the quality of water.

The scenic view from the island is astonishing. I remember coming to this very island a year ago with the YEC for retreat. Sleeping out in the open for a night is a wonderful and memorable experience.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Amazing Marina Green Race 2009

21 June 2009

The Amazing Marina Green Race 2009 is held in conjunction with the Singapore International Water Festival. The festival comes right before the Singapore International Water Week, where delegates from all over the world would be conjugating in Singapore. SIWF is organised by Singapore Polytechnic and the Public Utilities Board.

The Race is conducted by the Chemical & Life Sciences Department of SP. Baohui is involved as the Publicity Head and designed the cool-looking event banners and posters. To support her, Mother, Aunt and I form the team - Team Marvel Heroes.

According to the briefing on Friday (19 June 2009), the teacher-in-charge disclosed that there are about 90 teams taking part in the race, with 10 group prizes to be won. With slightly more than 10% of winning and looking at the auditorium which was packed with highly energetic teens, I highly doubted that my team would come in top. Nevertheless, we still did well!

It has been a super-duper long time since I alighted at the Marina South MRT station. We were ferried by shuttle buses to the Marina Barrage. When I first saw the exterior design of Marina Barrage, I was not impressed. I thought it looked unpragmatic. I was wrong. Since we were early, we explored the Barrage and I realised it's a heck of a great place. I particularly like the flying kites. The wind is so conducive that even a kite tied to a bag on the other end, can fly by itself!

After enjoying the superb view from the rooftop of the Barrage, we assembled at the bridge, readying ourselves for the flag-off.

Game 1 & Quiz @ Marina Barrage: Find the hidden items

Baohui was the game I/C for this station. This game helped us to be familiar with the Marina Barrage. Hidden items (recyclables) are everywhere, even at the centre of the fountain! Due to time constraints, we only managed to locate 11 out of 15 items.

The quiz was relatively easier. We managed to get some help just by asking the security guards.

Games & Quiz @ Singapore Flyer: A little Physical...

On our way to the next stop, we saw contestants running across CityLink. Wow.

We had some advantage since Mother and I had just been to Singapore Flyer not too long ago. The quiz was finished in no time, with the assistance of the receptionist. The games were however a tiny-miny challenging as it was a little more physical. We had to get to push-up positions to retrieve some items across a gap. The other game involved Mother throwing a ball and myself catching it with a basket in varying distance.

Games & Quiz @ Esplanade: The Plane that didn't Fly

The Information Counter answered about half of the quiz. It was around noon time and the weather was excruciatingly hot. One of the game involved magnetic fishing from a pond. Another was to make a plane that looks good and flies good. Unfortunately, ours didn't even glide. It just went topsy turvy and did some somersaults before landing at the 2-point (out of 10 points) zone.

We headed back to Marina Barrage with great satisfaction, albeit the sweating and tireness.

Once we registered our return, we headed to the Sustainable Singapore Gallery.

The highlight of the gallery is the simulation of the actual workings of the dam at Marina Barrage. A "storm" broke out and "rainwater" fell on the reservoir. As the water builds up to a certain level, the dam opens up to release water to the sea.

The gallery is pretty interactive. Before we left, we took a photo.

We left Marina Barrage for the Active Aging Carnival at Suntec City. It might sound ironic, but I enjoyed participating in this event meant for Mother and Aunt. The most memorable would be the booths offering free Segway (the human transporter) rides and free motorbike rides.