Tuas Plant Fire Wasn’t The First At Eco Special Waste Management

The Western part of Singapore could be seen engulfed with thick smoke on Thursday morning (Feb 23), as a fire had broken out at 23 Tuas View Circuit.

Videos of the fire that took place at Eco Special Waste Management have been circulating the internet since the occurrence, with some looking like scenes straight out of a Hollywood movie.


Except, that wasn’t the first time the toxic industrial waste collecting plant has caught fire.

Caught Fire In 2012

In 2012, a fire took place at the exact same place, and over $70 million was spent to upgrade the plant with new machinery and safe storage systems since then. This meant most of the equipment that went up in flames was 10 years old or less.

Thankfully, no one was hurt in both incidents, apart from a firefighter who suffered from heat stroke on Thursday.

Eco Special Waste Management’s Chief Executive Rick Reidinger told Today that he expects the plant to regain 30% of its capacity in a week’s time, following a rise of 50% in a month.

Appraisal To Firefighters


Minister for Home Affairs and Law K. Shanmugam went on his Facebook to praise the 200 firefighters for putting out the blaze.

He commended CPT Shawn Tan, commander of the first response team:

Our officers did extremely well, in fighting and controlling the fire.

The commander of the first response team is a lady, CPT Shawn Tan. She was on duty yesterday, spent all of today firefighting and will be on duty again tomorrow. When I asked her how she felt, she said it was a meaningful job! True professional.

Here is the full post:

We’re thankful no one got hurt in this incident, and applaud the SCDF team for risking their lives to put out the blaze.
Featured image from K Shanmugam