We are a B2B Platform and focus on companies, yet while working on the waste management solutions, we ended up asking a lot of questions to our experts on our waste as individuals. The average recycling rate for individuals in Singapore was only 17% in 2019 and therefore, we, as individuals, can make a difference.
if we want to adress a problem, we need to understand it.
Here are some insightful videos & articles to read :
The main message?
Reducing our waste is even more important than just properly recycling it. Recycling should always come last after we have Refused, Reduced and Reused.
Some other take-aways:
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Many tips on how to reduce our waste here.
Common household items that can be recycled easily:
Plastic: PET bottles, HDPE bottles, hard plastic, empty detergent, soap, condiment bottles, cosmetic bottles and containers, egg trays
Paper and cardboard: including TetraPak, Flyers, letters, envelopes, beverage cartons, milk and juice cartons, Toilet and kitchen roll tubes
Metal and aluminium: including can, canned drinks and canned food
Glass: containers, bottles
Must be dry, not contaminated with food and liquid.
Items that can be recycled but shouldn’t be placed in the blue recycling bins:
There are some things that seem to fall under the branch of recyclable materials, yet they CANNOT be recycled.
Some examples are:
Make sure to rinse all containers previously filled with any sort of content
For example, items such as shampoo/detergent bottles, canned/bottled drinks, cosmetic jars, jam jars need to be clean before they can be recycled. This is to prevent they contaminate other recyclables, especially paper. Soiled paper cannot be recycled, and all recyclables that have been contaminated will be dumped and incinerated with general waste. So give your containers a simple rinse before you put them into the blue bin.
Make sure your paper & cardboards items are not contaminated with food or liquids. Remove the contaminated part where relevant.
If paper or cardboards are wet, greasy or contain food, they are not recyclable and can also contaminate the rest of the items in the recycling bin.
Food Waste constitutes about 20% of waste disposed of in Singapore. It has strictly no value for a waste-to-energy strategy as food waste is mainly composed of water and therefore requires a lot of energy to burn. The good news is Food Waste has value!
Food Waste includes:
First, by making sure we order or cook what we need, we could significantly decrease our waste.
Second, by composting this waste (at least the veggie part of it), we can decrease the food waste sent to incineration.
Easier said than done? Here are links to help you start your composting journey.
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Repair should be the first option considered before throwing away an item.
For electrical repair, fabric repair or mechanical repair, get in touch with repair kopitiam.
Your item is in good condition but you do not use it anymore. Don't throw it!
Browse Stikyrice to find where to freecycle or donate it.
To name a few:
Too busy or too overwhelmed to sort your recyclables? Fear of contamination for your recyclables? There are some convenient recyclables dropping points or collections services in Singapore:
For e-waste, find all dropping points on the NEA website where to recycle e-waste
Antibiotics and anti-cancer medicines cannot be disposed of at home but other standard medicines can be.
Here are few tips:
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.
Increasingly concerned about the environment, for the past few years, Alya has taken steps to live a more sustainable lifestyle, with the digital learning manager refilling goods at plastic-free stores, making her own skincare from scratch and composting her kitchen waste. Since she has embarked on her ‘green journey’, Alya has been taking actions to keep on raising awareness towards sustainability – from organising free workshops and holding talks, to creating a neighbourhood chat group to reduce waste & increase sharing amongst neighbours. In 2021, Alya has been featured on BBC News for tracking her carbon footprint using the Capture app.
In 2022, Alya has founded GreenPush, a knowledge + community platform to help eco-conscious individuals grow. 🌱
Passionate about travels, Benoit left France in 2011 for Asia, lived in Hong Kong then landed in Singapore 6 years ago, working for Credit Agricole CIB. With 15 years of experience in IT across different sectors and industries, he is now managing a team focusing on IT application support. In 2017, he was one of the founders, and now the leader, of their first green team in Singapore.
Before joining Chanel, I was 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.
Package Pals is a circular packaging initiative that seeks to extend the life cycle of packaging. We collect used e-commerce packaging from members of the public, distributing it back to businesses seeking eco-friendly, second hand packaging options. There are 7 categories of packaging we collect: poly mailers (<A4),paper envelopes (<A4), plastic wrappers (<A4), bubble wrap, padded envelopes.
Package Pals has worked with multiple large and small businesses, schools, NGOs and governmental organisations since it was started in May 2020. Other than carrying out collection and distribution, we also focus on education and outreach, seeking to educate our 4k-strong audience on packaging waste and other environmental issues, through social media, webinars and other events.
Carolin is a passionate and driven entrepreneur and sustainability advocate. She is involved in many projects and initiatives that contribute to reducing our environmental impact.
In 2020, Carolin founded susGain, a social enterprise on a mission to better connect the environmentally and socially conscious stakeholders in Singapore to accelerate the change towards a more sustainable nation. The susGain rewards app aims to improve a sense of purpose and well-being within the community and make supporting sustainable local brands convenient and fun and rewarding.
Prior to susGain, Carolin worked as Account & Project Manager in an HR consulting and change management firm, where she was responsible for business development and end-to-end project management of training and consulting projects across APAC.
In July 2021, Carolin won the Finder's Expatpreneur Sustainability Award. susGain has also been recognized by Global Initatives at the Sustainable Business Awards Singapore 2020/21.