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NEA Licensing Requirement

Semi-conductor companies in Singapore periodically scrap their wafer and integrated circuit packaging that includes plastic boxes and trays as well as some plastic materials (polystyrene, polypropylene, polycarbonate, etc.) that are either originally produced from fossil oils or crushed from packaging items. For the collection of these scraps, there is no need for an National Environment Agency (NEA) license.

Strangely, a number of companies continue to ask for an “NEA waste collection license”. It is known that many scraps collector produced the NEA General Waste License and this is accepted by the companies. In truth, this particular license is not exactly appropriate or relevant to the collection of industrial plastics, in fact, it is the license to collect kurb-side (general public waste) scraps that includes all kinds of discarded plastic waste (brooms, hangers, boxes, mats, kitchen utensils, etc. etc.)

For the collection of industrial plastics there is no need to have an NEA license as there is no such license. This can be easily confirmed by checking with NEA.

Then again, when semi-conductor companies wanted to get rid of steel shelves and other forms of containers associated with wafer fabrication, the NEA General Waste Collector License is also irrelevant and superfluous. As these metallic items are not the core business of semi-conductor or other industrial plants, they can be collected by the contracted plastic scraps collector provided the metals are passed onto to accredited metal recycler and certification from the recycler is shown as proof of proper disposal. Where metals contain toxicity such as aluminium sheets, the recycler ought to have the NEA Toxic Waste license.