While it may be tempting to just chuck out unwanted items, take a moment to do it with care for the environment.
Make use of the great sites out there to sell your unwanted goods and earn some extra cash. Try Gumtree (http://singapore.gumtree.sg) or Carousell (www.carousell.co). Take good photos of your unwanted items, as it will help your chances of selling them! If you don’t sell them within two weeks, give them away.
Your trash is someone else’s treasure! Drop off small items at the Salvation Army (), which helps low-income families, or Blessings in a Bag (), which supports rural communities around South-east Asia. Both have drop-off locations around Singapore. For larger items, such as broken furniture, appliances or piles of paper and junk, call Junk to Clear () for help. You’ll have to pay a small fee, but it will dispose of your items in a responsible
and eco-friendly way. You can also donate unwanted items directly to someone in need. Pass It On () is a non-profit project that posts a wish list of items by the needy. Check it out, you may have just what someone needs! Don’t forget the karang guni (rag-and-bone) men. They drive around neighbourhoods in Singapore collecting newspapers and unwanted goods. You may even get a little money for some of the better items.
For items that don’t work anymore, and that you can’t give away: try recycling. The raw materials can be used to create new things. You can find a list of collectors and traders for your e-waste, paper, metal, glass and other materials at the National Environment Agency’s website (www.nea.gov.sg). Check out its page on energy and waste.
Did you know?
While it seems easy to throw something away – waste is a real concern for Singapore. By 2030, our trash is expected to increase to unmanageable levels. With only one offshore landfill available, the NEA is worried that it “will run out of space by around 2035”. Start changing your habits now, before it becomes a very real problem.
The next time you buy something for your home, make sure that you are making a long-term choice. Ask yourself if it will be something you will end up getting rid of soon. Make sure your choices don’t end up adding to Singapore’s waste problem!
By Militza Maury, Home & Decor, March 2015