Upcoming jetty at Lorong Halus to have waste collection centre

Melissa Chong Channel NewsAsia 11 Nov 13;

SINGAPORE: To facilitate proper waste disposal for fish farmers, a new jetty will be built at Lorong Halus by early 2014, which will house a waste collection centre.

In a written response to a question in Parliament raised by NMP Faizah Jamal, National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan said that the AVA requires fish farmers to dispose of their waste properly.

They can do so at collection points available at the Lim Chu Kang jetty, Changi Creek, or at Senoko Fishery Port.

AVA and the Police Coast Guard also carry out routine inspections, including night raids, to keep a look-out for the illegal dumping of waste into the sea or on Pulau Ubin.

As for the feasibility of door-to-door trash collection -- an idea mooted by Ms Jamal -- the minister said the cost was too high for fish farmers.

- CNA/ac

from the Singapore Parliament Reports (Hansard)
Parliament No: 12
Session No: 1
Volume No: 90
Sitting No: 24
Sitting Date: 11-11-2013
Section Name: Written Answers to Questions for Oral Answer Not Answered by 3.00 pm
Title: Waste Disposal by Fish Farm Operators
MPs Speaking: Ms Faizah Jamal, Mr Khaw Boon Wan

Page: 98

Waste Disposal by Fish Farm Operators

20 Ms Faizah Jamal asked the Minister for National Development (a) what plans does AVA have to closely monitor and penalise errant fish farm operators from dumping their trash and waste on Pulau Ubin; and (b) when will AVA put in place an effective system of door-to-door trash collection and responsible disposal for such operators.

Mr Khaw Boon Wan: There are many different sources of trash and waste that are washed upon our northern shores and Pulau Ubin, especially when there are many vessels plying the Straits of Johor.

Under AVA’s fish licence, fish farmers have to comply with the licensing condition to properly dispose the waste generated from their operations. Waste collection points are available at the Lim Chu Kang jetty and at Changi Creek in the western and eastern straits respectively. Farmers can also send their trash to Senoko Fishery Port.

AVA had explored the feasibility of door-to-door waste collection services for fish farmers, but the costs were found to be too high for the farmers. To facilitate proper waste disposal for eastern fish farmers, a new jetty will be built at Lorong Halus by early 2014 which will have a waste collection centre.

AVA carries out routine inspections including night raids to monitor the fish farms and will take enforcement actions against farms caught illegally dumping their trash into the waters or on Pulau Ubin. Its marine inspectors work closely with the Police Coast Guard to keep a look-out for fish farmers discarding waste into the sea. AVA also conducts regular briefings to remind fish farmers to maintain proper waste management.