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Waste Management

Waste disposed of in Singapore is broadly classified into two categories:

  • Domestic waste (e.g. waste collected from residential premises, markets, food retail outlets, schools and trade premises); and
  • Non-domestic waste (e.g. waste collected from commercial and industrial premises).

Singapore has in place an integrated solid waste management system. Waste that is not segregated at source for recycling is collected and sent to disposal facilities. Waste that can be incinerated is disposed of safely through incineration at waste-to-energy plants, which are fitted with flue gas treatment systems to remove pollutants. After incineration, ferrous and non-ferrous metals are recovered from the ash residues. The remaining ashes and non-incinerable waste are then landfilled at the offshore Semakau Landfill.

Data

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Waste Disposed and Recycled

Title : Waste Disposed Of And Recycled, Annual

Million Tonnes

Data Items

2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020

Waste Disposed Of * Data from 2013 are revised due to a waste vehicle reclassification exercise. Data from 2015 exclude metals recovered from incineration bottom ash in a metal recovery facility that is comissioned in 2015. Waste generation and recyclables collection were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. With the suspension of non-essential economic activities during the Circuit Breaker in Singapore (April to June 2020), waste generated at office, commercial and industrial premises fell. There was also less waste recycled by the non-domestic sector. Recyclables collections from the domestic sector were also put on hold and only restarted gradually from the third quarter of 2020.

3.02
3.04
3.02
3.05
2.98
2.97
2.98
2.84

Domestic

1.64
1.65
1.65
1.66
1.61
1.56
1.55
1.53

Non-domestic

1.39
1.39
1.37
1.39
1.37
1.41
1.44
1.31

Waste Recycled

4.83
4.47
4.65
4.77
4.72
4.73
4.25
3.04
SOURCE : MINISTRY OF SUSTAINABILITY AND THE ENVIRONMENT, NATIONAL ENVIRONMENT AGENCY

Fire Occurrences

Data on fire occurrences are compiled by Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF).

Data

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Fire Occurrences

Title : Fire Occurrences, Annual

Number

Data Items

2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020

Total Number Of Fire Occurrences

4,136
4,724
4,604
4,114
3,871
3,885
2,862
1,877

Building

3,485
3,453
3,403
3,324
3,124
2,926
1,664
1,440

Residential Building

2,952
2,888
2,898
2,818
2,657
2,411
1,168
1,054

Non-residential Building

533
565
505
506
467
515
496
386

Non-building Structures

651
1,271
1,201
790
747
959
1,198
437
SOURCE : SINGAPORE CIVIL DEFENCE FORCE

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Criminal Offences

Singapore’s crime statistics are compiled from offences reported to the police during the reference period instead of the time the offences were actually committed.

Data

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Crime Cases Recorded

Title : Crime Cases Recorded, Annual

Data Items

2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020

Overall Crime Cases Recorded

(Number Of Cases Recorded)

29,984
32,315
33,839
33,099
32,668
33,126
35,115
37,409

Crimes Against Persons * There was a change in categorisation of 'Causing Hurt by Act which Endangers Human Life' from 'Crimes Against Persons' to 'Miscellaneous Crimes' with effect from July 2011. Data for years 1986 to 2010 are revised accordingly.

(Number Of Cases Recorded)

3,822
4,269
4,139
4,354
4,495
5,031
4,349
4,610

Violent / Serious Property Crimes * The crime classification 'Violent Property Crimes' has been renamed to 'Violent/Serious Property Crimes' to reflect the changing nature of the crime within this crime category. Violent /Serious Property Crimes refer to crimes which involve the taking of money or property by force or means of threat against the victims. These include crimes where physical violence may not necessarily be involved e.g. cyber-extortion cases.

(Number Of Cases Recorded)

418
535
299
249
216
210
153
307

Housebreaking And Related Crimes

(Number Of Cases Recorded)

543
360
340
300
332
328
281
211

Theft And Related Crimes

(Number Of Cases Recorded)

17,075
16,722
15,615
14,122
13,431
12,196
11,128
7,448

Commercial Crimes

(Number Of Cases Recorded)

3,947
5,687
8,426
8,411
8,528
9,416
12,710
17,118

Miscellaneous Crimes * There was a change in categorisation of 'Causing Hurt by Act which Endangers Human Life' from 'Crimes Against Persons' to 'Miscellaneous Crimes' with effect from July 2011. Data for years 1986 to 2010 are revised accordingly.

(Number Of Cases Recorded)

4,179
4,742
5,020
5,663
5,666
5,945
6,494
7,715

Overall Crime Rate Per 100,000 Population

(Per 100,000 Population)

555
591
611
590
582
587
616
658

Crimes Against Persons * There was a change in categorisation of 'Causing Hurt by Act which Endangers Human Life' from 'Crimes Against Persons' to 'Miscellaneous Crimes' with effect from July 2011. Data for years 1986 to 2010 are revised accordingly.

(Per 100,000 Population)

71
78
75
78
80
89
76
81

Violent / Serious Property Crimes * The crime classification 'Violent Property Crimes' has been renamed to 'Violent/Serious Property Crimes' to reflect the changing nature of the crime within this crime category. Violent /Serious Property Crimes refer to crimes which involve the taking of money or property by force or means of threat against the victims. These include crimes where physical violence may not necessarily be involved e.g. cyber-extortion cases.

(Per 100,000 Population)

8
10
5
4
4
4
3
5

Housebreaking And Related Crimes

(Per 100,000 Population)

10
7
6
5
6
6
5
4

Theft And Related Crimes

(Per 100,000 Population)

316
306
282
252
239
216
195
131

Commercial Crimes

(Per 100,000 Population)

73
104
152
150
152
167
223
301

Miscellaneous Crimes * There was a change in categorisation of 'Causing Hurt by Act which Endangers Human Life' from 'Crimes Against Persons' to 'Miscellaneous Crimes' with effect from July 2011. Data for years 1986 to 2010 are revised accordingly.

(Per 100,000 Population)

77
87
91
101
101
105
114
136
SOURCE : SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE

Bankruptcy Applications, Orders Made and Discharges

A bankruptcy application is filed with the High Court by the creditor or the debtor himself.

Upon hearing the bankruptcy application, the High Court may make a bankruptcy order declaring the individual a bankrupt.

A bankruptcy discharge refers to the conclusion of the bankruptcy of an individual. The individual is no longer subject to the restrictions and disabilities of a bankrupt after his discharge.

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Number of Bankruptcy Applications, Orders Made and Discharges

Title : Number Of Bankruptcy Applications, Orders Made And Discharges, Annual

Number

Data Items

2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020

Applications For Bankruptcy

2,824
2,587
2,612
2,704
2,932
3,097
3,473
2,833

Bankruptcy Orders Made

1,992
1,758
1,776
1,797
1,638
1,656
1,645
965

Bankruptcy Discharges

2,584
3,546
3,499
4,359
2,030
4,027
5,388
2,417
SOURCE : INSOLVENCY OFFICE

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