Thursday, 8 March 2018

Using 1 reusable bag over a year can replace 125 plastic, 52 paper bags

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The use of one reusable bag over a year could replace the use of 125 single-use plastics bags or 52 single-use paper bags, a life-cycle assessment study commissioned by the National Environment Agency (NEA) shows.

“Due to their single-use design and function, plastic bags were found to have the biggest environmental impact in terms of greenhouse gas emissions and energy use,” NEA said in a release.

“The greenhouse gases associated with the processing of crude oil used as source material to manufacture the bags, and the greenhouse gases from the bags’ incineration, contribute to climate change.”

Last year, a third of the roughly 1.67 million tonnes of domestic waste disposed in Singapore comprised packaging waste, which includes single-use disposables such as plastic bags and food packaging is enough to fill more than 1,000 Olympic-size swimming pools.


Sheng Siong offers full refund for rock melons from listeria-affected source

Sheng Siong supermarket is offering customers full refunds if they bought rock melons imported from a grower implicated in a deadly outbreak of human listeriosis in Australia from any of its stores, it said in a letter addressed to shoppers.

This comes a day after the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) said it had issued a recall of the rockmelons from two affected consignments that were sold in Singapore between Feb 12 and Mar 2.

The rockmelons from these consignments were sold at Sheng Siong supermarket outlets and wet markets.


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E-waste management system to be enforced by 2021

The Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources (MEWR) will implement a mandatory e-waste management system by 2021.

“Singapore generates about 60,000 tonnes of e-waste annually. That is like every person in Singapore throwing away 73 mobile phones every year! E-waste contains heavy metals and hazardous substances that can seriously harm the environment and public health if not properly handled. Some heavy metals can also be extracted from properly recovered e-waste and re-used, which is more sustainable than mining for virgin materials,” noted Dr. Amy Khor, senior minister of state for the Environment and Water Resources.

In line with this, Dr. Khor said the e-waste management system will initially cover five main product categories including mobile phones and computers, solar panels, batteries, lamps, and certain large household appliances like refrigerators, air-conditioners, washing machines, and dryers.


Big drop in daily water use after price hike and conservation efforts

People in Singapore are using less water daily, partly owing to last year's price increase.

The drop is five litres per person, with each member of a household using 143 litres a day last year compared with 148 litres in 2016.

It is a significant decrease because it already exceeds the Government's target of 147 litres by 2020.

The next target is 140 litres by 2030.


Bitcoin SMS scams on the rise

In January this year, a text message from an unidentified sender informed Mr James Quak, 41, that he had one bitcoin waiting to be redeemed in his account.

All he had to do was click on the link forwarded and he would instantly be $18,000 "richer", based on the market value of the cryptocurrency that day.

Instead of succumbing to greed, Mr Quak ignored the message. He said: "There is no such thing as a free lunch. No one will give you free money. The minute I saw the message, I knew it was a scam and ignored it ."

In doing so, Mr Quak not only avoided being phished for personal information and passwords, but he also prevented his phone from being hijacked to mine for cryptocurrency.

Cyber security firm Palo Alto Networks released data last week that shows globally, cyber criminals have turned sharply from disseminating ransomware to spreading cryptocurrency-mining malware.

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