Go green… or blue
You might’ve seen these blue recycling bins all around in Singapore. The collection system here is a commingled one where all four types of recyclables (that is, glass, metal, paper, plastic) go into a single bin.
Each bin has information on what can and cannot be recycled, but it might not be as simple as you think. Not all paper can be recycled; neither can, say, disposable plastic cutlery and certain types of glass like mirrors.
• Books, magazines (glossy and non-glossy) and envelopes (with or without plastic window)
• Brochures (glossy and non-glossy) and fliers
• Carton boxes, milk and juice cartons and egg trays
• Telephone directories
• Disposable chopsticks, paper cups and plates
• Tissue and toilet paper
• Wax paper
• Beverage bottles, body wash and shampoo bottles
• Detergent bottles
• Plastic bags
• CDs and casings
• Takeaway food containers (made of styrofoam or PS plastics). PS plastics are represented by the number six in the triangle plastic code usually printed on the container.
• Disposable plates, bowls, cutlery and straws
• Cassette and video tapes
• Plastic film packaging for food
• Aerosol cans
• Aluminium trays and foil
• Biscuit, milk and food tins
• Drink, food and paint cans
• Beverage bottles
• Cosmetic bottles
• Glass cups and plates
• Sauce and condiment bottles
• Light bulbs
• Window glass
• If you’re unsure, each bin has information on what can and cannot be recycled that you can refer to.
• Food and liquid waste should not be thrown inside as they can contaminate the recyclables and make them unsuitable for recycling. Food waste also draws pests.
• Containers with liquids other than plain water should be emptied, rinsed and washed so that they do not contaminate the bin and attract pests.
• Boxes should be flattened where possible so that they do not take up too much space in the bin.
From The Straits Times, June 2017
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