Semakau eco-park

An amazing bit of multi-functional infrastructure is situated a few kilometers offshore from Singapore – their landfill. Pulua Semakau [pdf] as the island landfill is known, is officially an ‘eco-park’ that has been open to the public since 2005.

[marine buzz] Semakau landfill was opened for public in July 2005 with following sightseeing attractions:

  • Inter tidal Walk: during low tide visitors can walk around to see the vast mangroves, seagrass, coral reefs, crabs, starfishes, sponges, shrimps and many other interesting flora and fauna.
  • Bird Watching: as many as 66 species of migratory birds, shore birds and forest birds can be seen on Semakau landfill that live on abundance of fish in the surrounding waters.
  • Stargazing: Semakau landfill offers a clear view of the skies for stargazing in a refreshing sea breeze.
  • Educational/Recreational Outing: An educational visit to explain the design, operation and process of solid waste management in Singapore followed by a tour of the landfill. After the educational programme, visitors have the option to engage in recreational activities, including fishing, cycling, barbecuing and camping.
  • Sport Fishing: sport fishing enthusiasts can enjoy catch and release fishing activities and as many as 17 different fish species including barracuda and queen fish can be sighted.

Learn more about the intertidal tours offered by the Raffles Museum.

It’s not just a small waste handling operation:

Landfill area 350 hectare
Landfill capacity 63 million m3

Refuse transfer
Barges 6 units, each 3500 m3
Tugs 3 units
Refuse handling
Spreading excavators 2 units
Unloading excavators 4 units
Wheel-loaders 3 units
Dump trucks 10 units, each 35-tonne
Compactors 4 units
Bulldozers 5 units

[Waste Management World]

Here are some sublime pics and maps:

Semakau Island is bottom center (right of 'live firing zone')

Very much an example of the fourth nature at it’s best.

Spotted via the NYTimes and the Freshkills Park Blog.

More at Sustainable Design Update,  want2green, leonefabre, canyouseame, & wherediscoverybegins.

official  site: wild singapore.

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