Why is Semakau garbage island attracting tourists?

Singapore was chosen as the greenest city in Asia, the people of this island nation always maintain excellent environmental hygiene. Not only people, over the years, the Singapore government has also formed a very effective garbage collection mechanism: built an artificial island of Semakau to bury garbage.

Actually Semakau is not entirely artificial. It is a combination of two small islands, Pulau Semakau and Pulau Sakeng, located close to each other. To create Semakau, in 1995, the island nation of Lion began to allow immigrants from these two small islands (quite few people, shallow water, very close to shore) to the mainland and built a 7km long stone embankment. , sand, clay, waterproofing and leakage surround the gap of the 2 islands to lock the water from the garbage leaking into the surrounding seawater environment.

The sea part in the embankment is divided into many small cells. Garbage after burning to ashes is poured into these cells until they are full, cell after cell, year after year, creating an artificial island as a nature reserve and local tourism. up to 3.5 square kilometers, can hold 63 billion cubic meters of garbage. The island is expected to meet the waste treatment needs of Singaporeans until 2035.

Why is Semakau garbage island attracting tourists
Why is Semakau garbage island attracting tourists

Started in operation in 1999 and is a place to bury thousands of tons of waste every year, but Semakau is really a paradise with green grass, red confetti, cool coconut groves and close to the trees. shrimp and fish farms…

Garbage of the entire island nation of Singapore, after filtering the non-burnable things, the recycled products, the rest will be burned to serve waste-to-energy (WTE) plants, the ashes are then brought to the landfill. out to Semakau after a 33km journey to bury.

In addition, Semakau also "tolerates" both non-burnable and non-recyclable waste.

Located between the operator and the place where the ashes are transported from the shore is the aquatic research area of ​​Nanyang Technological University (NTU), where a number of research activities are being carried out on shrimp and fish for farming in Fish and shrimp farm next to garbage island. Surrounding this area are many mango trees, coconut trees... more than 5-7m high, red bougainvillea bushes and green grass.

The flora and fauna in Semakau "garbage dump" is very rich with more than 700 kinds of plants and animals, especially some endangered animals living here, attracting many visitors, even For couples taking wedding photos, the number of tourists has tripled from 4,000 in 2005 to 13,000 in 2010.

In many countries, landfills make many people uncomfortable to look at or walk by. But “The island doesn't have that nasty garbage smell. This place does not harm the environment at all. The coral reefs are still alive, the wildlife still exists on the island and the forest is still very green. Many people even come to this "garbage dump" to take wedding photos.

Nuseir Yassin from Arab-Israel said: “My girlfriend and I went to vacation on a very beautiful island in the waters of Singapore. This place is beautiful, so clean, and so amazing. But what if I told you that the beautiful island I'm on is made of trash?"

Not only attracting tourists, many activities to learn about the sustainable environment such as bird watching, stargazing, wading in the areas of tigers, parrots, etc. to learn about the biodiversity environment, or educational tours for the world. Children observed the entire waste treatment process also held in Semakau to raise awareness about environmental protection. Hopefully in the future, this form of Singapore's waste treatment will be replicated in many countries, to reduce the pollution of the Earth's environment.

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