Reducing and reusing should come before recycling.
In Singapore, all waste is incinerated which contributes to the problem of increasing landfill waste and harmful environmental impacts.
As such, reducing and reusing are steps that have more positive
The truth behind Blue Bins...
Why do we discourage recycling at blue bins?
Under Singapore's National Recycling program, the blue recycling bins collect paper, plastic, glass, and metal recyclables in the same bin.
However, these blue bins are often contaminated with other litter, resulting in 40% of recyclables in Singapore not being recycled. These potential recyclables are then disposed of, ending up as waste incinerated in landfills.
To reduce the risk of contamination, we encourage in-store recycling instead.
Check out in-store recycling locations below!
The Right Steps to Recycling
Reduce the chances of contamination in blue bins.
What can be recycled in the blue bins?
Paper, plastic, glass, and metal recyclables
NO food or liquid waste as they will contaminate the recyclables
Reusables such as clothes and soft toys, should not be recycled.
Clean your recyclables – rinse them to ensure that they are not contaminated with food or liquids.
Deposit them into the blue bins! You need not sort out the recyclables by yourself as they will be sorted after collection.