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Waste Generated From Marathons

Singaporeans are increasingly taking up running, and marathons are being held almost every month. The common type of waste generated from marathons include: plastic bottles, paper cups, energy bar or gel packaging, and carton boxes. What happens to the waste generated from marathons? Are those waste that are recyclable being collected and sent for recycling?

We were at the East…

Singapore 2010 Waste Statistics

Singapore 2010 Waste Statistics The latest 2010 waste statistics and recycling rate for Singapore can be found at the National Environment Agency website. The following infographic gives an overview of the waste figures: Waste Generated refers to the total amount of waste generated in Singapore, which is the addition of Waste Disposed and Waste Recycled. Waste Disposed refers to the…

What Happens to the Used Bulky Furniture and Items Collected by the Cleaners From the Housing Estates in Singapore

What Happens to the Used Bulky Furniture and Items Collected by the Cleaners From the Housing Estates in Singapore Do you know what happens to the used bulky furniture and items collected by the cleaners from your housing estates? Are they sent to the incineration plants and landfill or recycled? We are not sure too, so we sent an email…

7 Types of Recycling at HDB Housing Estates in Singapore

7 Types of Recycling at HDB Housing Estates in Singapore Do you know that there are 7 common types of formal and informal recycling at HDB housing estates in Singapore? If you’re staying in a HDB flat, you would likely come across or participate in one or more of those types of recycling. Let’s take a look at the 7…

What Can You Find Inside the Refuse Bin Centre of a Wet Market and Hawker Centre

Do you know what waste goes into the refuse bin centres of our wet markets and hawker centres? We took a quick look at a refuse bin centre located at the Marine Parade Market and Food Centre. Here’s what you can find – food waste, styrofoam boxes, plastic disposables and carton boxes. See pictures below.

It’s not clear whether the waste…

Tzu Chi’s Recycling Efforts and Closing the Recycling Loop

The Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation has been promoting recycling in Singapore since 2006. During the Tzu Chi Recycling Day, which falls on every second Sunday of the month, Tzu Chi volunteers will set up recycling points at 14 locations across the island. The volunteers encourage residents to bring their recyclable items from their houses and to help in…

‘Can Recycle?’ Shows Items that are Acceptable for Recycling

‘Can Recycle?’ Shows Items that are Acceptable for Recycling We have been receiving frequent enquiries from our readers on whether certain waste items can be recycled under the National Recycling Programme (NRP) or through the public recycling bins. To be honest, we don’t have all the answers. So we started this new initiative called ‘Can Recycle?‘. We compiled a list…

Explore Simple and Cost-Effective Ways to Maximise the Use of Our Existing Recycling Infrastructure

Explore Simple and Cost-Effective Ways to Maximise the Use of Our Existing Recycling Infrastructure Grace Chua from the Straits Times wrote an article yesterday on Recycling: Time to get our act together. She suggested some laws and improvements to increase the recycling efforts of households and businesses. Before considering her suggestions for households, I would suggest that the National Environment…

Singapore 2009 Waste Statistics

Singapore 2009 Waste Statistics The latest 2009 waste statistics and recycling rate for Singapore can be found at the National Environment Agency’s website. An overview of the waste figures can be found in the following infographic: Waste Generated refers to the total amount of waste generated in Singapore, which is the addition of Waste Disposed and Waste Recycled. Waste Disposed…