Pulau Semakau

Pulau Semakau, Singapore: Address, Phone Number, Pulau Semakau Reviews: 4/5

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Pulau Semakau was opened to the public in 2005, and attracts visitors for its spectacular sports fishing, bird-watching, clean air, cycling, pristine water, star-gazing and island walks.
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SOH KIEN PENG
Singapore, Singapore6,340 contributions
Sep 2019
This tour to Pulau Semakau is not a visit to a pristine island of serenity or for a relaxed sunbath on a sparkling beach of tranquility. This tour is to visit the graveyard where the ashes of tonnes and tonnes of the waste, the discarded by-product of what we consumed and used, are being land filled here as a solution to their disposal.

The educational visit really widened my knowledge of waste management. It is easy to dump and discard the plastic bottles, the left-over food, the paper boxes, the rubbish after each meal into the garbage bins but the process of segregating the waste and converting them into ashes under high pressure and temperature in the incinerator and to land fill them at this island is really tedious and costly.

Many developing countries could not afford to pay for this waste management process and you find heaps of rubbish discarded or dumped into rivers, roadside, backyards of residence, drainage, almost every corner of the countries.. The polluted environment led to further degeneration of the citizens' health and widespread of contagious and infectious diseases.

Recently, the news have reported that few developed countries irresponsibly and unscrupulously dumped containers with tonnes of waste to poor developing countries hoping to save on the cost of disposal.

This is the harsh reality we are facing and Singapore take very careful steps to ensure that the contaminants from the ash do not seep out from the land fills into the sea polluting and disrupting the existing ecosystems. Just imagine tonnes of non-biodegradable plastic waste are transformed into ashes by the incinerator plants and these ashes with much toxic contaminants leaked out from the land fills into the sea and consumed by the sea bass that were reared at the floating sea farms and the fish ended up on our plates. The serious health consequences would be catastrophic.

Residential option on this land fill island appears impossible. Farming edible plants or fruit trees on such a land fill with contaminated ashes would also be detrimental to health. A more acceptable plant would be Jatropha where the fruits could be extracted for diesel.

Mankind is in such a dilemma. The high cost of waste management will eat into taxpayers' money but can we live in a polluted environment of discarded rubbish.

How many islands must we sacrifice for land fills to solve our waste management problems?

Singapore is just such a tiny red dot. We have sacrificed Pulau Saekeng to create this land fills of Pulau Semakau. When the land fills has reached saturated point in 2035, can Singapore afford to sacrifice another offshore island to solve our waste management problem?

It is challenging but we have to think of ways to reduce, reuse and recycle whatever we discard. REUSE, RECYCLE AND REDUCE WASTE - the 3 Rs and the 4th R is to REMEMBER this!

I found this trip to this island memorable and thought provoking.
Written 4 September 2019
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Chasing Sunset
Singapore, Singapore82 contributions
Jul 2018 • Business
It is a company educational trip to Semakau Island and a lot of things to learn on the development of Singapore and it's plan for the future.. It is a beautiful island made up of Singapore mainland disintegrated rubbish. Yes you heard me..
Written 27 November 2018
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EndlessTravels
Greater Melbourne, Australia35,310 contributions
Jan 2018
We only visited as we had friend who does consulting on island. Interesting attraction and tour of landfill
Written 28 January 2018
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WWW-BYR
Singapore, Singapore642 contributions
May 2017 • Family
A knowledgeable educational trip. Must prebook with NEA. Can come with a proper guide and bus tour. But remember to bring your shade and sun tan lotion please.
Written 19 May 2017
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Renu A
Singapore, Singapore117 contributions
Apr 2015 • Family
This is a good way to shock yourselves into understanding the very real challenges that Singapore faces. In a fast paced world, everything is disposable. You will definitely appreciate the people who help keep our city clean and be more cautious of what you throw.
Written 9 February 2016
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butterbeat
Singapore58 contributions
May 2012 • Business
Went during a field trip with colleagues in May 2012. Took a 20-minute ferry from Pasir Panjang Ferry Terminal to Semakau, where we were ushered into a visitor building and provided an introduction to waste in Singapore, how it is recycled, the very real need to reduce / reuse / recycle due to the small space, and the background behind building Semakau. After this we were toured around the island in shuttle vans, with a guide pointing out the different buildings on the island (loading bay, water supply, etc.), sample of filled / empty cells. We ended the tour at the recreational area for photos. This took one whole afternoon.

I liked the actual tour of the island as you will clearly see it is running out of space. The island itself is unbelievably clean and organized, not like a landfill at all. In fact it could have easily been a sight at any one of Singapore's coastal areas. I think that the presentation at the start of the tour took too long and the presentation could have been better, but the presenter herself was knowledgeable and at the end of it you did get a good background. I called this a "gentle introduction" because you will not really see any trash which, I believe is still crucial to imprinting the real negative impacts of waste in your brain and which will then elicit action. In itself, this experience was still excellent and the idea of merging two separate islands with a perimeter bund to store all incinerated waste is still pretty impressive.

As expected from Singapore, this place had clean toilets at the main building. There is no food though so either bring some of your own or get one before going on the tour. There was no fee for the attraction itself, but you would have to spend on ferry costs.
Written 1 December 2012
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