Best Recycling Practice

Best Recycling Practice :

Most of us play a part in creating a greener and more sustainable world for future generations to enjoy. Reminding ourselves and the people around us to reduce, reuse, and recycle is a small step that goes a long way!

Get started by setting up a recycling corner at home which can be a recycling bin or even a hook for hanging your recycling bag – whichever works best for you! Don’t forget to empty unwanted containers and rinse them if necessary before setting them aside for recycling. When the recycling bin or bag is full, simply deposit the contents into the nearest blue recycling bin. All HDB blocks and private landed properties are provided with a recycling bin each. All condominiums/private apartments also have recycling bins within their estate ground.

Not sure about what can be recycled? Check out the list below!

Paper

DidYouKnow that recycling 13 magazines saves enough energy to power a 60-watt bulb for 14 hours?

Note: Containers should be emptied, please rinse if necessary and flatten if possible.

Can Be Recycled: Books, Brochures, Calendars, Cardboard box packaging, Carton boxes, Drink cartons (e.g. milk, juice, drink packet), Egg trays, Envelopes, Flyers, Gift wrapping paper, Greeting cards, Magazines, Name cards, Newspapers, Paper bags, Paper packaging (e.g. printed paper box), Paper receipts, Paper towel tubes and toilet roll tubes, Printed paper, Red packets, Telephone directories, Tissue boxes, Writing paper

Cannot Be Recycled: Used disposable paper cups and plates, Paper towels, Waxed paper for wrapping food, Paper contaminated with food, Tissue paper, Toilet paper

Plastic

DidYouKnow that recycling one plastic bottle saves enough energy to power a 60-watt compact florescent light (CFL) bulb for 9 hours?

Note: Containers should be emptied and free from contaminants such as food waste, please rinse if necessary.

Can Be Recycled: Beverage bottles, Bread packaging wrapper, CDs and CD casings, Clothes hangers, Detergent bottles, Magazine wrappers, Plastic bags, Plastic bottles/containers (e.g. shampoo, body-wash, facial cleanser, detergent), trays and food containers (non-polystyrene)

Cannot Be Recycled: Blister packs, Takeaway food containers (made of Styrofoam, polystyrene or biodegradable plastics), Disposable cutleries and crockeries, Straws, Cassettes and video tapes, Plastic film packaging contaminated with food

Metal

DidYouKnow that recycling an aluminium can saves 95% of the energy used to make a new one?

Note: Items should be empty, dry and clean.

Can Be Recycled: Aerosol cans, Aluminum trays and foil, Biscuit, milk and food tins, Bottle caps, Drink cans, Food cans, Paint cans

Glass

DidYouKnow that recycling a glass bottle saves enough energy to power a laptop for 2 hours?

Note: Containers should be emptied, please rinse if necessary.

Can Be Recycled: Beverage bottles (e.g. carbonated drink, beer, wine), Cosmetic bottles, Glass cups and plates, Jam and spread bottles, Medicine and supplement bottles, Sauce and condiment bottles

Cannot Be Recycled: Ceramics, Light bulbs (use lamp recycling bins instead), Mirrors, Window glass

Others

Note: Consider donating items such as pre-loved toys and bags to charity organisations or give them away!

Cannot Be Recycled: Bags, Diapers and sanitary pads, Electrical and electronic items (use e-waste recycling bin instead), Food waste, Furniture (donate them if they are in good condition), Household batteries, Leftover medicine, Old clothes (donate them if they are in good and wearable condition), Pens and pencils, Plants and horticultural waste, Rechargeable batteries (use e-waste recycling bin instead), Shoes, Soft toys, Spectacles, Wood items including disposable chopsticks

Can’t find the item in the above list? Leave a comment below and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible!

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“Small acts when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.” – Howard Zinn

More information on Waste Minimisation & Recycling can be found on our website at www.nea.gov.sg/energy-waste/3rs

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