Towards a Zero Waste Nation

April 1, 2019

Ecosperity Conversations

Towards a Zero Waste Nation

2019 is designated as the Year Towards Zero Waste for Singapore. Since the 1970s, the amount of waste disposed of has increased by almost seven-fold. In 2017, Singapore disposed of 8,400 tonnes of waste per day. With Semakau Landfill projected to fill up by 2035, there is a need to find solutions to prolong the lifespan of the landfill.

Mr Tan Meng Dui, CEO of the National Environment Agency (NEA), will share NEA’s holistic approach to waste management and the role of businesses in this collective effort. By focusing on 3R (reduce, reuse and recycle) and circular economy approaches, along with customised solutions for e-waste, packaging waste including plastics, and food waste, Mr Tan will highlight what is in the pipeline for the Year Towards Zero Waste, including upcoming policy initiatives, campaigns and pilots for new technologies.

Image Credit: Pei Yan / Flickr


07:30 – 08:15
Registration & breakfast
45 mins
08:15 – 09:30
Towards a Zero Waste Nation
75 mins
Speaker and Moderator

Tan Meng Dui

CEO, National Environment Agency


Cheong Yip Seng

Former Editor-in-Chief, English and Malay Newspapers, Singapore Press Holdings

About the speaker

Tan Meng Dui
CEO, National Environment Agency

Mr Tan Meng Dui was appointed Chief Executive Officer of National Environment Agency (NEA) on 2 October 2018. NEA is the leading public organisation responsible for ensuring a clean and green environment, and the sustainable development of Singapore. It is entrusted with the key roles of protecting Singapore’s environment from pollution, maintaining a high level of public health and providing timely meteorological information. NEA also develops and spearheads environmental initiatives and programmes through its partnership with the Private, Public and People sectors. Through its efforts, NEA seeks to motivate every individual to care for the environment as a way of life, and sustain a quality living environment for present and future generations.

Before becoming CEO NEA, Meng Dui was the Deputy Secretary (Development) in the Ministry of National Development (MND). In this capacity, he was responsible for the development and advancement of Singapore’s public housing policies to meet the needs of different segments of Singapore’s population. He was also responsible for setting the Ministry's research, strategy and corporate planning directions, and strengthening the corporate support and corporate communications systems at the Ministry HQ and its statutory boards.

Before assuming his appointment in MND, Meng Dui was the Deputy Secretary (Technology) in the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF). Prior to that, Meng Dui served in the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF), and held several key appointments in MINDEF and the SAF.

Meng Dui graduated from the Imperial College London with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. He has a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University, and attended the Advanced Management Programme at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Meng Dui is an Administrative Service officer in the Singapore Public Service. He was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Silver) (Military) in 2006.

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