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Project name:

Closed loop recycling solutions for waste streams

Status: Idea
Creation date: 23-11-2022

Project objectives:

BACKGROUND OF THE PROBLEM

The Zero Waste Masterplan (Source: https://www.towardszerowaste.gov.sg/) was launched in 2019 to lay out our vision and strategies for Singapore. The Masterplan sets out a target to reduce the amount of waste going to the landfill by 30 per cent while achieving a 70 per cent overall recycling rate by 2030.

In order to achieve these targets, Sembcorp is looking to work with innovative startups that can help to capture and generate value out of our waste streams and convert them into precious resources such as energy, biomass and/or fuel.

We are interested to consider a variety of closed loop recycling solutions for various waste streams, examples could include:

  1. Food waste
  2. Plastics
  3. Paper
  4. Metal
  5. Glass
  6. Textile

We are generally interested in exploring a variety of waste streams as long as we feel the solution is implementable within our business.

Currently, SembWaste deals with waste collection, sorting and recycling through the Incineration Plant and Materials Recovery Facility respectively. SembWaste is open to consider changes in our current process if the proposed solution proves its efficacy for our business.

While there are many technologies that work well in an operational setting overseas, not all solutions are sustainable and/or economically suited for densely populated cities such as Singapore. An example would be the fact Singaporean food waste is much more varied in composition as compared to other countries or geographies.

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS / PERFORMANCE CRITERIA:

Technical Requirements:

  • A Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of 6 and above
  • Demonstrate capabilities of turning waste and/or recyclables into useful resources and/or products
  • Be ready for a pilot set-up in Singapore

SembWaste would consider the following performance criteria in its evaluation of solution providers:

  • Ideally, 70% of collected waste to be recycled
  • Total cost of the solution (both capital expenditure and operational expenditure). This also would include cost of maintenance and operations

COST TARGET

SembWaste will be evaluating the specific cost of a solution on a case-by-case basis.

TIMEFRAME FOR DEVELOPMENT

Phase 1: PoC/Pilot phase 2-4 months (Q3-Q4 2023)

Phase 2: Commercial roll-out to be determined on a case-by-case basis

POTENTIAL MARKET / BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY

Should the trial be successful, SembWaste is looking to scale-up the solution for full commercial deployment.

RESOURCES

SembWaste may provide in-kind test sites and operational feedstocks (if suitable) for the purpose of the pilot.

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

SembWaste is open for various models to jointly go to market. This could include:

  • Becoming a launching customer of the selected solution provider (particularly on the data gathering portion)
  • Joint development and potential joint IP ownership
  • Joint go to market to partners and customers

 
Contact / source: Enterprise Singapore Sustainability Open Innovation Challenge - Sustainability Open Innovation Challenge 2022 (innovation-challenge.sg)

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