Field Trip

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Today took AL and went for a field trip to Sembwaste, Senoko Incineration Plant and a Organic Farm at Lim Chu Kang with the Environmental Club members.

We first went to Sembwaste, where we were brought to a room and introduced to the company profile and what it does.

We were shown a video on how the recyclables were being sorted into different categories like glass, plastics, paper, ferrous and non-ferrous metals. When the recyclables first arrived, they were all mixed up and these were then poured onto a conveyor belt where workers were standing by on either sides of the belt.

Each worker is responsible for a certain material and when the material passes in front of him, it would be swiftly snatched up and dropped into a chute beside him where it would fall into a bin below. We watched in awe as the workers picked up the recyclables with great speed.

The important 3 Rs:


We then proceeded to the Senoko Incineration Plant. Once again, we were brought to their conference room and shown a video on the purpose of the incineration plant and how the incineration process works.

After the presentation, we were brought round the plant and whoa, the air there is simply invigorating as all signs of tiredness vanquished immediately!

Thanks to Bud, I had a unlimited supply of hong you and that kept my insanity to a minimum level. We were shown how the garbage trucks first dump the collected rubbish into a pit and how the rubbish were then being incinerated via a clamping device (similar to those arcade machines) whereby this clamp reaches down from above and grab a handful of rubbish to be thrown into the furnace.

The massive heat generated helps to turn turbines and this in turn generates electricity. I guess it’s the same theory as how the water dams works in generating electricity except that the water dams uses energy from the water to turn the turbines.

Anyway, I have learnt a great deal as I have always thought that the rubbish was simply burnt and that’s it. I didn’t know about the electricity part and that’s a good idea to make electricity too instead of burning natural resources like coal.

Thanks for the breathtaking experience, Senoko!

Our last stop was at Ying Huo Chong Organic Farm located at Lim Chu Kang. At first, we were all excited but to our dismay, we discovered that it’s actually a vegetable farm that calls itself “Yin Huo Chong?/i> (firefly).

We took less than 10 minutes to finish touring the whole place and my modesty was outrage here by a guy. I’m now damn traumatized.

Group photo at Sembwaste, a
company that does recycling

The ‘chimney’ of Senoko Incineration Plant

The daily rubbish created…

People, the resources we had on earth is very precious. Please treasure it!

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