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Dual chutes, online resources for households to boost recycling efforts

We refer to Mr Dhevarajan Devadas’ letter, “S’pore needs to do more to increase recycling rate of domestic waste” (Dec 10).

Dual chutes, online resources for households to boost recycling efforts

In response to an early letter by a TODAY reader, NEA says that it will soon be more convenient to recycle as all new public housing developments launched from 2014 and all new non-landed private residential developments from 2018 are fitted with dual chutes, one for refuse and one for recyclables. Photo: Gary Chan/Unsplash.com

Ong Soo San, Director, Waste and Resource Management Department, National Environment Agency

We refer to Mr Dhevarajan Devadas’ letter, “S’pore needs to do more to increase recycling rate of domestic waste” (Dec 10).

We agree with Mr Devadas that Singaporeans should sort their recyclables for recycling. They can deposit their recyclables into the blue recycling bins provided at every public housing block and landed home, and within condominium estates.

Going forward, it would be more convenient to recycle as all new public housing developments launched from 2014 and all new non-landed private residential developments from 2018 are fitted with dual chutes, one for refuse and one for recyclables.

To raise awareness on recycling, the National Environment Agency (NEA) provides information on how and what to recycle on its website and the myENV mobile application.

A 3R (reduce, reuse, recycle) video for households is also available on NEA’s Clean & Green Singapore YouTube channel.

Residents can obtain more information on NEA’s website such as a 3R Guidebook for households and what happens to their recyclables after collection. The 3R Guidebook contains information on why we need to reduce waste and how we can do it, including through the use of non-disposable cutlery and refillable bottles.

We thank Mr Devadas for his support for recycling and urge everyone to do his or her part, as we move towards becoming a zero-waste nation.

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