Large shopping malls in Singapore contributed 7% of the country's total waste in 2018. Can malls, as hubs for consumerism, do more to reduce their waste while maintaining sales figures?
To address this significant contribution of waste from retail, shopping malls in Singapore with more than 4,600 sq m of net lettable area have been made to submit their waste data and a waste reduction plan to the National Environment Agency (NEA) since 2014.
Between 2014 and 2019, the average waste generated by the retail sector gradually fell from 52 kg/m2 to 45 kg/m2, with the recycling rate increasing from 6.7% to 11.4%. According to Lendlease and WWF-Singapore, the improvement is a result of installing food waste digesters and conducting recycling training for tenants here.