Monthly Archives: February 2009

Bring Your Own Utensils (BYOU)

Bring Your Own Utensils (BYOU) How many disposable forks, spoons and chopsticks do you throw away each year? Let’s assume that a person throws away a pair of disposable utensils each week, which means that 104 utensils are disposed annually and if everyone in Singapore does the same, this result in the disposal of about 500,000,000 utensils in Singapore each year. If…

Where Can I Find Recycling Bins?

Where Can I Find Recycling Bins? Did you know that there are more than 8,000 recycling bins in residential estates all over Singapore? Do you know where they’re located? If you’re trying to find a recycling bin near your house, the OneMap by the Singapore Land Authority shows the locations of public recycling bins at housing estates in Singapore. Check…

Summary of Waste Issues in the Committee of Supply Debate 2009

Summary of Waste Issues in the Committee of Supply Debate 2009 The Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, gave his speech at the annual Committee of Supply Debate yesterday in Parliament. Here’s a summary of the waste issues covered: The participation rate in the National Recycling Programme (NRP) has increased from 15% in 2001 to 63% in 2008.…

Start Composting at Home

Start Composting at Home Composting is the natural decomposition of organic material (from plants and animals) by microorganisms, into a dark brown crumbly organic substance called compost. Compost mixed with soil is beneficial for growing plants as the compost retains soil moisture, improves soil structure and provides nutrients. There are different types of composting methods such as using a typical compost…

Mapping the Location of Recycling Bins in Singapore

Mapping the Location of Recycling Bins in Singapore We are in the process of mapping out the location of the public recycling bins at housing estates in Singapore. The locations are obtained from the National Environment Agency (NEA) website. As there are more than 1,500 recycling bins, we are doing this in stages: Ang Mo Kio and Toa Payoh Bedok…

New Recycling Bins Along Orchard Road

New Recycling Bins Along Orchard Road The recycling bins along Orchard Road have been replaced with new silver-colored metallic bins. If you are a frequent shopper at Orchard Road, you would have noticed the previous recycling bins for paper, metal cans, plastic and glass bottles, shown in the picture below: The old recycling bins have been placed at various locations along Orchard Road…