Recycling incentive schemes yet to gain widespread support [News]

August 21, 2013 by  
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By Grace Chua, The Straits Times, 29 Jul 2013.

Even as the Government considers a pay-as-you-throw system, the use of financial incentives to get Singaporeans to cut waste and recycle more has been a mixed bag so far.

Nearly four months after the start of the Save-As-You-Reduce pilot scheme in Punggol, some Housing Board blocks there have not reduced waste significantly, with some even throwing out more than they did last year.

This was despite the scheme letting households pay cheaper waste collection fees if they throw less.

At Pasir Ris, a different points-for-recyclables initiative also has few takers.

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Trash is resource if you recycle it [News]

September 11, 2012 by  
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By Sharon See, Channel NewsAsia, 9 Sep 2012.

Trash is a resource, too, if you recycle it. Anyone can do this, by segregating the recyclables from the non-recyclables at home.

That’s the message behind this year’s Recycling Week.

Organisers hope to drive home this message, particularly to homemakers aged 50 and above because they are believed to handle most of the recyclables at home.

This year, the annual outreach event was held on Sunday at the open field next to the Jurong East Bus Interchange and officiated by Second Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Grace Fu.

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Why are few Singaporean families going green? [News]

April 7, 2012 by  
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By Grace Chua, The Straits Times, 7 Apr 2012.

Singapore families are dismal when it comes to recycling and using energy efficiently, so much so that the Environment and Water Resources Ministry is seeking the help of experts to change their habits.

Consultants are being asked to carry out two studies to find out why people do not do what they should and set out an effective communication strategy to coax them to change their ways. One is on recycling, and the other, energy efficiency.

These studies to bring about behavioural change are a first by the ministry, and in line with its goals to manage waste sustainably and reduce carbon emissions per dollar of gross domestic product.

The tenders for both projects closed earlier this week. The ministry said the studies must be completed within four months of the contracts being signed. It declined to give further details.

Five companies are bidding for both projects, while one company is eyeing only the recycling study.

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Compulsory for large hotels, malls to report waste data [News]

March 7, 2012 by  
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By Grace Chua, The Straits Times, 7 Mar 2012.

In a bid to cut waste and boost recycling, the Government is making it compulsory for large hotels and shopping malls to report how much waste they generate and their targets for reducing and recycling it.

Only hotels with more than 200 rooms and malls with net rental areas of more than 50,000 sq ft will have to do it.

In all, about 100 hotels and 74 malls will be affected by the measure, which will be introduced in 2014.

Environment and Water Resources Minister Vivian Balakrishnan announced the move on Tuesday.

Elaborating on it later, a National Environment Agency (NEA) spokesman said the outcome of the new measure would help decide whether it will be extended to ‘other commercial and industrial premises’.

Hotels and malls can generate more than 1,000kg of waste a day, while their recycling rate can be as low as 10 per cent or even less, said the spokesman.

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WMRAS and NEA Launch Inaugural Solid Waste Management Event in Asia [Press Releases]

July 20, 2011 by  
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Singapore, 5 July 2011 – Waste Management and Recycling Association of Singapore (WMRAS) and National Environment Agency (NEA) launched a brand new trade event, WasteMET Asia, an exhibition and conference in solid waste management and environmental technology. Co-located with Singapore International Water Week and World Cities Summit in July 2012, the inaugural event is proud to have International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) as a strategic partner. WasteMET Asia is also supported by Economic Development Board, International Enterprise Singapore, JTC Corporation, Singapore Exhibition & Convention Bureau, and SPRING Singapore. Read more

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