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Waste Management

There are different types of waste generated by offices and they need to be properly segregated, collected and taken care of to minimize their impact on health and environment: electronic waste, paper/ plastic/ glass/ metal waste, hazardous waste, food waste, etc. 

It is essential to know what you can monitor and improve, to better manage your waste.

Choose from specialised suppliers what is most suitable for your company.

In Singapore, we dispose of 8,284,000 kg of waste a day. It is a 7 fold increase over the past 45 years. Our only landfill, Semakau Island, will run out of space by 2035. (Source: Zero Waste SG)

Learn more about Waste Management in Singapore.

Measure & Monitor
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If you don’t measure it, you can’t manage it!

Measuring your waste is a key step for a green office.

  • Implement a procedure to measure the most relevant waste streams (general waste and recyclables) per floor or per department. The measure of recyclables can be broken down per type of recyclables such as paper, e-waste, plastic...
  • Set annually waste reduction targets to continuously improve.

Learn more here to start a recycling program in your office or browse Page 14 onwards in the Singapore NEA 3R Guidebook for Offices.

37%

only of the population in Singapore are actively recycling PET bottles.
(SEC)

44%

of paper and cardboard are recycled in Singapore, despite paper being recyclable up to 7 times and cardboard 5 times.
(NEA)

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Suppliers that provide solutions:
Conduct a Waste Audit
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Conduct a waste audit. The audit can be conducted by internal staff or by an external professional.

The goals of the audit are:

  • Quantify and qualify the different waste streams
  • Assess the waste management infrastructures and practices
  • Submit a series of recommendations to reduce waste, improve reuse and recycling, and reduce costs.

4% of turnover

Waste can cost up to 4% of your turnover. It can easily be reduced to 1% - often with little or no investment.
(WRAP UK)

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Suppliers that provide solutions:
Zero Waste Consultants
Zero Waste City

Zero Waste City is an engineering consulting business specialised in waste reduction for commercial and industrial facilities. They help businesses to save money by reducing waste and to achieve Zero Waste goals. Their services include:

  • Waste audit
  • Grant funding application
  • Reporting
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Project management
  • Training
  • Guidance towards Zero Waste certification

Research & Strategy Firm (Waste Management and Recycling)
GAcircular

GACircular's mission is to create a world without waste by driving the transition towards a circular economy in Asia. To achieve this, they enable industries, investors, government or foundations to unlock business opportunities from fast-growing streams of food and packaging waste.

GACircular provides feasibility analysis, business model design and implementation of deployment for waste management and recycling infrastructure investments as well as extended producer responsibility (EPR) systems.

Improve Waste Equipment
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Adopt a centralized bin system. This includes:

  • Removing all individual desk bin
  • Installing a set of bin stations including at minimum 1 general waste bin, 1 recycling bin, and 1 paper bin. The combination of bins depends on the types of waste generated in the office
  • Installing 1 paper bin next to each printer

Ensure consistency in the selection of bins and communication tools (same colour, visible name and with a symbol).

Make sure that the cleaning services and the contractor are aware of the waste management requirements. More details here.  

60%-70%

is an achievable recycling rate if you operate efficient recycling schemes for paper, glass, cardboards, cans and toner cartridges.
(WRAP UK)

40%

of recyclables placed in the blue recycling bins cannot be recycled, being contaminated with food and liquids.
(Eco-Business)

Suppliers that provide solutions:
Bins for segragation of waste
Peter’s Environmental

Peters is a rotomoulding company with full manufacturing facility in Singapore since 1989. They design and supply litter bins, office products, street furniture, trash bags and stretch films.

They are not specialised in sustainability but provide a wide range of recycling bins for your waste management.

Bins for segragation of waste
Grande Alliance Corporation Pte Ltd

Grande Alliance Corporation is a plumbing & sanitary ware supplier.

They also provide a large range of Bins and Containers, including Compost bins, Recycling bins and Wastepaper baskets.

Train all stakeholders
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They are 3 parties involved here to train:

1- Office staff - which must know how to segregate their trash

2- Cleaning company - which must maintain the segregation from the bins to the collector.

3- Waste collector - which must maintain the segregation from the 2 above up to the Material Recovery Facility.

  • Provide them clear information and guidance
  • Train them on a regular basis
  • Design the trainings with a specialist

For your office staff, train them for waste management at your office but also at their home. Start with helping them understand what is recyclable or not.

< 200kg

of waste per staff member per year is good-practice offices' KPI.
(WRAP UK)

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Suppliers that provide solutions:
Zero Waste Consultants
Zero Waste City

Zero Waste City is an engineering consulting business specialised in waste reduction for commercial and industrial facilities. They help businesses to save money by reducing waste and to achieve Zero Waste goals. Their services include:

  • Waste audit
  • Grant funding application
  • Reporting
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Project management
  • Training
  • Guidance towards Zero Waste certification

Select appropriate waste contractors (e-waste)
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Contract with appropriate servicers for the collection of e-waste & hazardous waste.

In case e-waste management falls under your building management's responsibility, talk with your building manager to ensure collection is properly done.

Under the EPR (Extended Producer Responsibility) on e-waste, suppliers of electronic goods have to take back and send old products to licensed recyclers.

1,6 KG

one toner cartridge makes up 1.6KG of solid waste which takes over 1,000 years to completely decompose.
(Green Cartridge)

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Find the recycling plan relevant to your electronic equipment:
- Dell
- HP
- Canon
- Epson

Suppliers that provide solutions:
E-waste management
TES-AMM (Singapore) Pte Ltd

TES is a trusted leader for technology deployment, recovery, remarketing, and recycling since 2005.

They provide IT Lifecycle Services, commissioning, deployment, retirement of Information Technology (IT) assets, refurbishing and remarketing of used technology assets to maximizes cash recovery potential.

E-waste management (collection, destruction, recycling, refinery...)
Metalo International Pte Ltd

Metalo International has 10 years of experience in the electronic waste industry in Singapore.

They manage collection and trading of ferrous scrap metals, electrical components, electronics and other precious metals scrap. Besides, they also provide services to dismantle and dispose computer & other IT hardware and accessories (laptops, printers, monitors, used networking equipments, servers, etc.)

They have their own facilities to handle electronic waste or export to Thailand and Japan for refinery in an ethical way.

E-waste management
Do-Yi Enterprise

Do-Yi Mission is to cultivate e-Cycle habits, rejuvenate and re-purpose ICT equipment gadgets, computer, laptop and e-appliances to achieve high utilization.

SG. e-Cycle activity: Collector rendering transportation recycling service handling for removal  disposal / rejected / returned electronics Amazon tech-ware,  IT computer, smart mobile devices peripheral.

Refurbishment: Retrofit ECO system workstation adoption; decommission written off computing instrument for business company, individuals, private estate, condominiums apartment and organisation. They provide transport pick-up service on-site collection appointment.

They can be contacted also via Whatsapp / Call mobile: 9859 1202

Printers repair & loan, buy back scheme
Green Cartridge

Since 2008, Green Cartridge has been taking part in the conservation and preservation of the environment through waste reduction and recycling of waste materials, particularly printer cartridges.

Green Cartridge claims to allow its customers to save as much as 60% of their printing cost compared to using OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) cartridges.

Besides remanufactured cartridges, they provide printers repair, printers loan, and a buy back scheme for empty cartridges, event in small quantity.

Select appropriate waste contractors (paper)
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Contract with appropriate servicers for the collection of paper waste.

In case paper waste management falls under your building management's responsibility, talk with your building manager to ensure collection is properly done.

5 to 7 times

Paper can be recycled 5 to 7 times.
(Worldatlas)

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Suppliers that provide solutions:
Paper waste management
Tay Paper Recycling Pte Ltd

Tay Paper strives to create a better liveable world through recycling.

They offer waste management, recycling (paper specialist) and document shredding + recycling services to clients and workplaces; waste management and recycling services for public and commercial facilities.

Paper recycling, waste paper import, pre-consumer waste export
ST Paper Resources Pte Ltd

ST Paper Resources have more than 20 years of experience as a paper recycling, importer of waste paper and exporter of pre-consumer waste.

The company operates from its 40,000 sqft office and factory with a computerized automated system, consisting of fully automated two-ram balers with the capability to bale up to 50 tons of recyclable material per hour.

Besides collection, recycling and trading, they provide off-site confidential shredding services and a wide range of compactors and specialist containers - request a free audit for your business needs.

Select appropriate waste contractors (others)
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Contract with appropriate services for the collection of:

  • General waste
  • Paper waste
  • Recyclable waste (plastic, glass, aluminium...)
  • Specific waste (e-waste, hazardous waste...)

In case waste management falls under your building management's responsibility, talk with your building manager to ensure collection is properly done.
At least, select proper collectors for paper and e-waste for your office and install dedicated bins.

Under the EPR (Extended Producer Responsibility) on e-waste, suppliers of electronic goods have to take back and send old products to licensed recyclers.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Suppliers that provide solutions:
Waste management, WTE plant
Sembwaste

SembWaste is the largest municipal waste collection company in Singapore, serving 5,000 industrial and commercial, government agencies and healthcare establishments daily and over 600,000 households, schools and trade premises. They provide Collection and Post-collection Treatment for General Waste and Recyclables.

Sembcorp also operates a Waste-To-Energy plant to supply steam for the local industries in Jurong Island, Singapore.

Waste management
Veolia

In Singapore, Veolia works across the whole spectrum of environmental services including integrated waste and recycling management of hazardous and non-hazardous waste, industrial services, public cleansing and water management.

Waste Collection & Recycling, other environmental services.
800 Super Waste Management Pte Ltd

Environmental services provider for public and private sectors in Singapore:

- waste management (residential, commercial and industrial waste collection & recycling)

- horticultural services (landscaping, grass cutting and tree pruning services for residential, commercial and institutional customers)

- cleaning & conservancy

They can customise waste pickup and recycling solutions.

Conduct Regular Monitoring of Waste Management
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Monitor results, correct wrong practices, set higher targets annually. Ask the help of a professional if need be. Find out more here.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Suppliers that provide solutions:
Zero Waste Consultants
Zero Waste City

Zero Waste City is an engineering consulting business specialised in waste reduction for commercial and industrial facilities. They help businesses to save money by reducing waste and to achieve Zero Waste goals. Their services include:

  • Waste audit
  • Grant funding application
  • Reporting
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Project management
  • Training
  • Guidance towards Zero Waste certification

Buddies - Experience sharing

The « green journey » may feel overwhelming sometimes, but you are not alone.

Our Buddies have tried, succeeded, failed to implement change in their companies. They share their experience so you can learn, take shortcuts, get inspired and ask questions.

Everybody can become a Buddy and give back to the community; if you are keen, get in touch with us.

Alexandre Ung
Finance Director - Edenred Pte Ltd

Experienced Finance Director with more than 10 years of working history in the technology, e-commerce and marketing industries, Alexandre has led the ABW office transformation at Edenred Singapore in 2019.

Alya Annabi
Digital Learning Manager, Timeo-Performance

I am a Digital Learning Manager who has a passion for the sustainability topic and how to live a more sustainable life in Singapore. I love sharing with my colleagues and friends about this topic, hoping to inspire more and more people to have a more conscious lifestyle.

Since last year, I have been learning a lot about how to create my own products in order to detoxify my environment from harsh chemicals. Since then, I have animated some webinars called "Green Yourself" to show to people how to make their own products using what they have in their kitchen.

Nadège Claudel
General Manager - BSI (British Standards Institution)

I have been General Manager of BSI Singapore for 2.5 years. Prior to joining BSI, I held different job assignments for the international retailer Carrefour. For them, I oversaw Quality, Food Safety and Sustainability in China and then at the Group level.  

I spent most of my career working in Asia: in Shanghai, Hong Kong and I have been happily settled in Singapore for 8 years now. 

I have a real passion for sustainability and nature conservation and I love to share the knowledge and experience I gained in this field. I am also a volunteer for the Singaporean NGO called Climate Conversation which aims to raise awareness on climate change.

Rémi Cesaro
Founder & Director of Zero Waste City

Founder and Director of the consulting business Zero Waste City, Rémi provides engineering consulting services to large commercial and industrial facilities on waste management, energy efficiency, and packaging design.

He has gained a strong experience as a consultant covering a wide range of industries and technologies in New Zealand, Australia, and Singapore.

He is a certified TRUE Advisor (Total Resource Use Efficiency) by the U.S. Green Building Council Inc. This certification recognised his knowledge in Zero Waste programs and his ability to support businesses to achieve the TRUE Zero Waste certification.