Members of the Indonesia Solid Waste Association (InSWA) came to Singapore on their 4th study trip this year from 26 to 28 November. They visited the Semakau Landfill, Samwoh Eco-Green Building to learn about concrete recycling, Woodlands HDB estate (public waste collection), LHT Holdings (wood & plastic recycling), Environment Bldg's Envision Gallery and the Tuas South Incineration Plant.
WMRAS Chairman Melissa Tan, PBM, was guest-of-honour at the launch of WMRAS member Beng Hock Mechanical Engineering's Smart Garbage Bin at the Singapore Turf Club on 19 November 2018.
The Waste Management and Recycling Association of Singapore (WMRAS) was set up in 2001 as a registered society to represent and promote the interests of its 150-odd members who include mainly General Waste Collectors and recycling companies. It also seeks to upgrade and professionalise the industry as well as work with the government and community to promote recycling in order to create a more sustainable living environment. WMRAS seeks to achieve its objectives through the organisation of trade exhibitions, conferences or symposiums, such as WasteMET Asia; seminars, workshops, professional sharing and business networking / matching sessions and overseas business mission trips.
As an Approved Training Organisation in Singapore, WMRAS also holds Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) courses for frontline operations staff and certificate, diploma and degree programmes in waste management and recycling for supervisors, executives and managers. In 2015, WMRAS, a member of the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA), established the Asia Pacific Waste and Environment Alliance (APWEA) to promote closer collaboration between its member-companies and their counterparts in the region. The founding chairman of APWEA from 2015 to 2018, WMRAS is also affiliated to the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) in Britain and the Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA).
ENHANCING INDUSTRY EXCELLENCE
To enhance professionalism and capabilities of members by promoting commerce and trade; striving to achieve and maintain the highest standards of excellence for practice, competence and conduct in waste management and recycling industry. To provide professional development and upgrading opportunities for the members by organising industry and technology conferences, business mission trips, training workshops as well as through other forms of media such as newsletters, exhibitions etc.
VOICING MEMBERS’ CONCERNS
To provide a platform for the members to come together to identify and address the environmental concerns and issues in the waste management and recycling industry. To foster information exchange, networking and closer relationship among the members and between government, industry and people.
To promote waste reduction, recycling, reuse and recovery; and create public awareness of the waste management and recycling industry as well as environmental and industry concerns. To advance the scientific, technical and practical aspects of waste management and recycling.
CONNECTING THE WORLD
To liaise and establish affiliations with local, national, and international organisations with similar purposes and concerns.