3R Fund

The 3R Fund is a co-funding scheme to encourage organisations to reduce waste disposed of at NEA’s incineration plants and disposal facilities through the implementation of waste minimisation and recycling projects.

Grant Quantum

The 3R Fund will co-fund up to 80 per cent of qualifying costs, subject to a cap of $1 million per project or per applicant. The funding level will depend on the quantity and type of waste reduced or recycled. The grant will be calculated based on key outcomes such as the actual quantity of waste reduced or recycled.

As of Nov 2015, the grant quantum for projects using similar off-the-shelf technologies (e.g. food waste treatment projects involving the use of on-site systems to convert food waste into non-potable water) has been revised to be up to 40 per cent of the qualifying costs.

Singapore Packaging Agreement (SPA) signatories are eligible for up to double the funding compared to non-signatories. (Please contact the SPA Secretariat at Singapore_Packaging_Agreement@nea.gov.sg for more information about the SPA.)

Qualifying costs

Qualifying costs refer to the following:

(i) Manpower
(ii) Equipment, materials and consumables
(iii) Professional services (e.g. consulting, sub-contracting)
(iv) Other costs relevant to the project

Please note that Singapore GST is excluded.


Projects must result in an increase in the quantity of solid waste (this excludes toxic and chemical wastes) recycled or a reduction in the quantity of solid waste generated. The minimum tonnage eligibility is 100 tonnes reduced, reused or recycled over the whole project duration.

Projects must not have commenced at the time of application (i.e. issuing of purchase orders for equipment, conducting collection and recycling of recyclables, etc. (whichever is earliest))

Projects with new and innovative processes and concepts, and which target waste streams with low recycling rates such as food, plastic and glass will be given higher priority. The projects could include the following:

(i) Redesign of processes to reduce waste at the production stage, including redesign of packaging or products;
(ii) Installation of new waste recycling infrastructure such as separate chutes, containers or receptacles for the collection of recyclables, as well as refurbishment work to provide additional storage space for recyclables;
(iii) Installation of innovative waste sorting or recycling systems/equipment; and/or
(iv) Upgrading, installation or implementation of new operation/system to reduce waste or increase recycling.

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