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Waste Generated From Marathons

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 Coast Park a day after the Sundown Marathon was held on 28 May. Although most waste have been cleared, we still saw waste strewn along the beach. Pictures of the waste are shown below. We tried to contact the organisers of the marathon to check whether the waste would be recycled, but did not receive any reply. The next time you participate in a marathon, do ask the organisers whether the waste generated would be recycled.

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