Recycling and Waste Management

Recycling and Waste Management


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Recycling refers to the process of converting waste material into new materials and objects. Across Singapore, there are shared recycling bins at every block in public housing estates and private landed properties have one recycling bin each. Yet, Singapore's household recycling rate remains low at 20%. In comparison, Taiwan's household recycling rate is 55% and South Korea's is 59%. In South Korea, it is mandatory for food waste to be separated by households so it can be recycled into animal feed or compost. This has helped the country to cut its food waste from 5.1 million tons in 2008 to 4.8 million tons in 2014. Why is Singapore's household recycling rates so low?

Clearly we can do better. What steps can we take to improve recycling efforts?

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