Updated: Apr 11, 2021
"Earth's overshoot day marks the day when humanity’s demand for ecological resources and services in a given year exceeds what Earth can regenerate in that year. In 2020, it fell on August 22. A country’s overshoot day is the date on which Earth Overshoot Day would fall if all of humanity consumed like the people in this country."
To learn more about how the date is calculated or to support the Global Footprint Network please visit https://www.overshootday.org/ Singapore's overshoot day is falling on 10 April 2021, twelve days earlier than Earth Day 22 April 2021. "The blue bins are always overflowing"
Singapore is a tiny island without much resource and almost everything has to be imported. With greater affluence, we import more varieties of goods and services from greater distances and with greater carbon footprint, flying some into the island for that just-in-time logistics (land for storage is expensive!) or in pursuit of that delectable freshness. With these goods, we import their consequence too - trash. Many households in Singapore clears rubbish almost every day. Wastes in Singapore aren't as readily evident as in other countries (e.g. the trash pile ups in Naples, Italy) due to our efficient removal by cheap migrant workers who are cleaning the streets and beach in the wee hours of the morning or late at night. Down the chute; in the blue bin; incinerated
to generate electricity; buried offshore in a man-made landfills between islands.
Sometimes trashing even takes on a charitable spin - donate them to local small businesses; to childcare for sensory play or old folks home.