How Singapore fixed its big trash problem | CNBC Reports

How Singapore fixed its big trash problem | CNBC Reports

More than 2 billion tonnes of global waste is generated yearly. By 2050, it’s expected to increase to 3.4 billion tonnes. CNBC’s Nessa Anwar traces the journey of a piece of discarded trash in Singapore to the nation’s only landfill, exploring solutions and the future of the world’s garbage dilemma.


Subscribe to us on YouTube:

Subscribe to CNBC International TV on YouTube:

Like our Facebook page:

Follow us on Instagram:

Follow us on Twitter:


  1. huojin01 on June 23, 2021 at 12:23 am

    It’s true in america we’ve the biggest trash problem in the world. UK too. I think they’re the worse, thank goodness. At least Singapore is leading the way in recycling. The US needs to do a better job in finding a solution to this never ending problem. Even the UK is just sending its trash problem to the rest of the world and very soon other countries will tell them “no” and stop accepting their garbage. That little island they live in can’t even contain the amount of garbage the UK produces. The US needs to follow in the path of Singapore and learn from them as Singapore is heading in the right direction concerning this waste problem. In spite of all the great work the waste facilities are doing I’ve to put most of the blame on the producers of these plastics, wastes, etc… They need to research on how to recycle their own products for re-use, etc… They’re the biggest, initial problem to all this.

  2. Honorio Tanquintic on June 23, 2021 at 12:24 am

    The Philippines is the first and thus far the only country in the world with a national ban on incineration, following the passage of two landmark laws nearly 20 years ago: the Philippine Clean Air Act of 1999 and the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.

  3. HawklordLI on June 23, 2021 at 12:25 am

    Singapore is light years ahead of ‘Murica.

  4. Oigetit Fake News Filter - Español on June 23, 2021 at 12:27 am

    Es muy interesante el sistema de reciclaje de basura que propone Singapur, otros paises tendrían que aplicar estas ideas innovadoras

  5. Diego Rodriguez on June 23, 2021 at 12:28 am


  6. RMG Wheels & Spokes Lab. on June 23, 2021 at 12:30 am

    That´s very "clever". So we take oil from the ground, pollute the world, then use it to make single-use plastics which would last hundreds or thousands of times use, collect them and burn them. Would you mind to talk about incineration emissions, please? If you burn the plastic. How long will you be able to produce energy from them? Yes, there are tons of plastic. Enough to stop producing any more by collecting and recycling them. What we call garbage shouldn´t be that. It solves nothing. It´s just a way to make money making people think it´s a good way to make rubish dissapear, when simply that level of rubish has to be reduced and cut production and consumption.

  7. Lancewayne adams on June 23, 2021 at 12:32 am

    It starts from the beginning were products are made before it goes to waste

  8. Ann Carroll on June 23, 2021 at 12:32 am

    How about every manufacturer must have a sustainable plan made for their products packaging and waste before the product can even hit the market place. Period. Make these greedy bastards pay, this should not be on the consumer but the producers! There’s so many options for plastic, look at mushrooms, hemp etc.

  9. That Trucker on June 23, 2021 at 12:32 am

    she needs a fidget spinner, her hands are all over the place 👐

  10. Harry on June 23, 2021 at 12:33 am

    LOL poor ignorant liberals love this, don’t realize they are just burning trash, all those fumes go into the air, permeate the ground and all the energy needed to burn it. If you truly cared about the environment you would look at the companies mass producing things on a scale faster than people can reasonably consume them. Big companies must make things to keep profitable and until that is addressed all this is just a lesson in hypocrisy.

  11. YouTube GLITCH on June 23, 2021 at 12:34 am


  12. Czean Ferrer on June 23, 2021 at 12:35 am

    is this also the one that was featured from Nas Daily?

  13. 5th Gen on June 23, 2021 at 12:37 am

    Stop pollution save earth preserve cleaner earth for our next generations
    Every human should Atleast plant one tree in life time

  14. Matthew Rapley on June 23, 2021 at 12:37 am

    Wow what a video, brilliant.

    7 minute: "Into what we call a dump truck" LOL

  15. Th3ories on June 23, 2021 at 12:37 am

    The solution to the trash problem around the world is simply to burn it all in a coal furnace or a facility that can produce cremation levels of heat. People are too worried about gas emissions but don’t realize that Krakatoa has produced immeasurable levels of CO2 that no amount of trash can ever produce in this lifetime, and that’s just one volcano. Since that’s the case, we should be burning all this trash. The atmosphere is also -100C at the first layer. Gas molecules will freeze and their properties will disappear. We literally have absolutely nothing to worry about by burning trash.

  16. Jithin .k on June 23, 2021 at 12:38 am

    India should adopt this

  17. PV96 Mexico on June 23, 2021 at 12:40 am

    Just hire SpaceX to shoot it into space! Problem solved!! 😜😜😜. Just kidding! Singapore is so advanced compared to many “developed” countries including the USA! Wish our politicians were as smart as the ones in Singapore!! Compare pervy Uncle Joe to PM Lee, no comparison!!

  18. dltmdwnfkdldjs on June 23, 2021 at 12:41 am

    singapore is clean but recycling has alot to improve in singapore

  19. K GRHAGAN on June 23, 2021 at 12:42 am


  20. YouTube GLITCH on June 23, 2021 at 12:42 am


  21. rishikesh jadhav on June 23, 2021 at 12:44 am

    Recycling Plastic and reselling to FMCG would have made it more eco friendly.

  22. Lucas_R on June 23, 2021 at 12:46 am

    "fixed" xddd how they are "fixing" would be better

  23. Queltamas on June 23, 2021 at 12:47 am

    Couldn’t all this ash be treated and molded into construction materials?

  24. Kira Denys on June 23, 2021 at 12:47 am

    In addition to consumer responsibility to properly recycle waste, companies need to be held accountable for their excessive packaging and packaging that is not recyclable, due to 2 or more normally recyclable materials being bonded together (Example: Tin foil bonded to Cardboard).

  25. Killroy on June 23, 2021 at 12:47 am

    That boat that they were on looks sketchy — woman overboard.

  26. xdxsxz productions on June 23, 2021 at 12:48 am

    USE AT YOUR RISK. Do not use abusively.
    Copyright 2021 ATZE-TM b.
    Consultant fee $800,000 annually.
    RE: world trash handling.
    Suggestions: New Garbage Facilities. New cities with big trash pipes coated prettily of colors above ground, and residents plus businesses dumping trash into the pipes, vacuum sealed sucking the trash to a recycling center. Trash is dumped into a pit. Big fans blow the papers, cardboard and plastics to a metal screen. The remainder trash is magnetically sorted with huge magnets pulling out magnetic metals and dumping them into train cars or wheel bins that roll to a metal melting foundry. Gardening trash and remainder trash raked aside, dumped into robotic cars that take the trash to a dump for composting producing dirts that clean amongst time waiting and then dirt reusable.
    The paper and cardboard trash watered and sorted from the plastic trash and styrofoam trash who become collected raked, melted and cast for next use.

  27. Micah Ott on June 23, 2021 at 12:48 am

    Throw away culture it’s the company’s that pushed that narrative with all this plastic crap they force us to buy. We need to go back to natrual resources like glass, wood, etc… easier to recycle and at the very least it will break down.

  28. Harsh Nishar on June 23, 2021 at 12:49 am


  29. Cristian Ambaek on June 23, 2021 at 12:50 am

    Denmark has a very similar facility and ash usage.
    But we can also ski on our waste management facility all year.

  30. Syed Mudassir on June 23, 2021 at 12:50 am

    Share the knowledge to world especially to the developing countries, Go there help building a plan, infrastructure and financial advise

  31. ng Robert on June 23, 2021 at 12:50 am

    NewSAND research

  32. Andrew on June 23, 2021 at 12:50 am

    Can’t take care of waste locally? Vaporise it in the atmosphere to spread the problem across the globe… Idiotic.
    We should all use less, compost the organic war, recycle recyclables. The volume of trash wouls reduce tremendously

  33. Heyo Jayo on June 23, 2021 at 12:52 am

    The developed "western" countries should learn to "Wipe their Ass better!"

  34. 5th Gen on June 23, 2021 at 12:55 am

    Rich countries sending there poo to other countries…… Really? Didn’t knew something like this happens

  35. me me on June 23, 2021 at 12:56 am

    Here in Maine in United States we have these green buckets that food is put into and people pick him up and utilize that food for soil production. Something to think about

  36. Victory Morningstar on June 23, 2021 at 12:59 am

    Holy crap.. They thought of everything…

  37. me me on June 23, 2021 at 1:00 am

    Also I think that if the world would band non-recyclable plastic and chemicals that are toxic the world things are made of it would be more beneficial.

  38. Chadrach William on June 23, 2021 at 1:01 am

    I will take cardboard and organic matter for my land. Nutrients are nutrients.

  39. JAZMAN DU on June 23, 2021 at 1:02 am

    Hope this should be replicate in PH…

  40. EivenKim ちわ:D on June 23, 2021 at 1:02 am

    Humans; when you die you go to hell.
    Also humans; creates slaughterhouse where animals goes through hell, and destroy nature to replace it with lands of trash.

  41. Ang Xiang on June 23, 2021 at 1:05 am

    What has US/Canada/Australia done to consume their own waste, rather than export to 3rd nations and dumping it there? As u reported they r the biggest waste generator of the world.

  42. lily McLamb on June 23, 2021 at 1:07 am


  43. Tây Sơn Thần Tốc on June 23, 2021 at 1:10 am

    I dont believe in the exhaust at the incinerator and the overflow waste at the lagoon

  44. Nolan Chiu on June 23, 2021 at 1:11 am

    My question is why doesn’t the world do this

  45. WP on June 23, 2021 at 1:12 am

    Ottawa, Canada. All municipal , commercial trash directed in landfills. City does NOT care to invest in recycling plant.

  46. Killroy on June 23, 2021 at 1:14 am

    I wonder how much energy is used that can’t be recovered. Do they use natural gas?

  47. 007vissa on June 23, 2021 at 1:17 am

    All this money and land invested because people and companies are not able to change habits and move away from disposable culture to reusables. Focus should be on reduced consumption but businesses dont want to produce sturdy, long-standing products like they used to pre 1960s

  48. K GRHAGAN on June 23, 2021 at 1:18 am

    1🇺🇸🧁🐾🦄 does God love her garbage!?!?

  49. its me on June 23, 2021 at 1:19 am

    they didnt "FIX" anything lol what a joke

  50. Masood Shaikh on June 23, 2021 at 1:22 am

    Mumbai can do so well with this technology!

Leave a Comment