At RWS, general waste is disposed at various bin centres by users (Business Units or BUs, tenants, etc.) without any system to record or track the type of waste disposed. As such, RWS is unable to find out (1) the types of waste that are being disposed; (2) who the generators of these waste are (BUs/tenants/public etc.). Thus, RWS found it challenging to encourage tenants to participate in waste reduction efforts.

In order to further reduce overall waste generation, RWS is seeking solutions that can maximise waste segregation to identify* and recover more waste that can be avoided, reduced, reused, repurposed and recycled.(Note: *The identification process will include tracking of data, such as type of waste, volume, contributors, etc.)

The highest contributors to RWS’ overall waste tonnage come from the bin centres near the Resort Common Area. Hence, the primary locations for the potential trial could be at bin centres and waste collection points around the Common Area.

Applicants should note that there are space constraints for waste segregation technologies/equipment and that noise and smell levels should be kept at a minimum, so that the experience of patrons in RWS would not be affected.


Solution should be:

  • Fully autonomous and require minimal manual intervention required from disposal to identification, sorting, to transfer into general waste pile
  • Energy-efficient, quiet and minimal smell nuisance

Space availability/possible location to house the pilot trial solution:

  • Possibility for one bin centre to house the pilot trial
  • Approximate size/dimensions = 130 sqm
  • Throughput of one bin centre = ~75 waste tonnage per month

Applicant should include information on any proof-of-concept (POC)/minimum viable product (MVP) that is non-sensitive and indicate estimated commercial price of solution and cost-benefit analysis of the solution in the proposal.

Besides addressing the above requirements, the proposed solution should also fulfil the following criteria:

  • Not be readily or commercially available in the market.
  • Wherever applicable, aim to:
    • Enhance safety of operations; and/or
    • Improve quality, consistency and service delivery; and/or
    • Achieve cost-effectiveness; and/or
    • Improve efficiency/productivity.

Development Timeframe

Solution development and test-bedding should take 6-12 months, and pilot deployment within 24 months.

The development and test-bedding of the solutions can be carried out in the following phases:

  1. Proof of concept Phase: Development of the solution and prototyping for proof-of-concept
  2. Test-bedding Phase: Test-bedding of the proposed solutions at relevant premises/sites in RWS, taking into account the operational challenges which should be subjected to stress test
  3. Pilot Deployment Phase: Deployment of proposed solutions at relevant premises/sites in Singapore, for full scale deployment

Additional Info

NEA and RWS will provide mentorship and test-bedding site (at RWS) for the solution development.

RWS premises involved in this call will be the Resort Common Area (which are RWS public areas apart from attractions such as Universal Studios Singapore, S.E.A. Aquarium, Adventure Cove Waterpark and all hotels’ premises), namely:

  • Forum (both B1 and Level 1)
  • Bull Ring area
  • Waterfront area
  • Malaysian Food Street area

The waste from these premises are channelled mainly into two bin centres one of which is amongst the highest contributors to RWS’ overall waste tonnage. The type of waste is general waste, basically all types of waste from the public bins, and lots of food waste from F&B tenants in the common area. As for Malaysian Food Street, it is a RWS-owned establishment and RWS is able to engage the hawker stalls if there are waste management solutions pertaining to them.


Sustainability Open Innovation Challenge 2019


Resorts World Sentosa (RWS)
National Environment Agency (NEA)

Proposal submissions are open from 2 Jan 2020 12:00AM to 14 Feb 2020 12:00AM