Recycle Right

Why recycle?

The amount of waste that Singapore disposes of yearly has increased seven-fold in the last 40 years. At this rate, Singapore’s only landfill – Semakau Landfill – will run out of space by 2035.

Recycling:

- Converts waste into useful products
- Conserves natural resources for future generations
- Reduces the need for incineration and extends the lifespan of Semakau Landfill

How can I recycle right?

Put only clean recyclables into the blue recycling bins. Any food or liquid present may contaminate all the recyclables within. If that happens, they are no longer recyclable and everyone’s efforts go to waste. So remember to Check, Clean, Recycle!


Recycle Right in 3 simple steps:


CHECK

Follow the labels on the blue recycling bins on what can be put inside. 


CLEAN

Make sure the recyclables are not contaminated with food or liquids. Rinse before recycling.


RECYCLE

Put the recyclables into the blue recycling bins.


Frequently Asked Questions

1. What can and cannot be recycled?
Generally, common household items made from paper, plastic, metal and glass can be recycled. These include newspapers, beverage cartons, containers, cans and bottles. This information is available on the labels found on blue recycling bins. 
For a more detailed list of recyclables, click here.

2. Where can I deposit my recyclables?
Recyclables can be put into the blue recycling bin found at each HDB block and landed home or into a recycling chute if your block is fitted with one. 
Recycle Bin

3. Are general waste and recyclables from blue bins collected in the same trucks?
No. Recyclables are collected in dedicated blue recycling trucks, and sent to Materials Recovery Facilities (MRFs). There, they are sorted and sent to local/overseas recycling plants.
Recycle Trucks

4. Do I need to clean the recyclables before recycling?
Please ensure that recyclables are free from food and liquids. When needed, rinse and remove any remnants before recycling.

5. What should I do with bulky items?
If you are an HDB estate resident, you may contact your respective Town Council. Most Town Councils offer the removal of bulky items for free. If you stay in a landed home or condominium, you may either contact the Public Waste Collectors (PWCs) serving your area or any General Waste Collection licensee to arrange for collection at a mutually agreed price.

6. Why do I not need to segregate the recyclables before depositing into the blue bins?
Singapore adopts a commingled collection system where all types of recyclables (i.e. paper, metal, plastic and glass items) can be deposited into the blue bins. The recyclables are sent to Materials Recovery Facilities (MRFs) where the different types of recyclables are sorted, baled and sent to local/overseas recycling plants.

7. Can I recycle bottles and containers that are empty, but haven’t been rinsed?
Yes, unless there are food or liquid remnants that need to be removed by rinsing. 

8. Are more resources wasted to wash the recyclables compared to just disposing them?
Most household items for recycling e.g. bottles, cans, containers and cartons for packaging food and beverage would not need much washing. Notwithstanding, items that require too much washing e.g. very oily containers can be discarded as general waste.   

9. Different plastics have different numbers and symbols printed on them. Which of these can be recycled?
These numbers are Resin Identification Codes used by manufacturers and recyclers. They do not inform consumers whether they can be recycled or not. To find out what plastic items can be recycled, please refer to the list at this link. You do not need to segregate the plastic items by number but can deposit them into the commingled blue recycling bins.

10. Is it safe to recycle breakable glassware in recycling bins?
Currently, residents can place their unwanted glassware into the recycling bins for recycling.

11. If contamination happens in the recycling bin, are any of the contents still recycled?If the contamination is limited, uncontaminated items can still be salvaged for recycling at the Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs). 

12. Where can I recycle food waste?
Food waste from households is currently not collected for recycling. Nonetheless, residents are encouraged to do their part by reducing the amount of food waste generated. 

13. Where can I recycle e-waste?
You can find out the locations of e-waste recycling points at this link.
Alternatively, the locations of recycling bins or avenues can be located via the myENV app available on Apple App Store or Google Play (under Reduce, Reuse, Recycle > Click on map).
Do note that some of the abovementioned programmes only accepts small e-waste and may not be able take in bulky e-waste or large household appliances.
In such cases, you may wish to contact the town council for assistance to dispose of such e-waste or trade in when you buy new ones. Most large retailers currently offer one-for-one takeback services for large household appliances.

14. Are recycling bins provided at schools?
Yes. All MOE schools are provided with blue recycling bins. Some schools also have E-waste recycling bins. You can find out the locations of these bins at this link, or via the myENV app available on Apple App Store or Google Play (under Reduce, Reuse, Recycle > Click on map).

Resources

  1. Recycle Right Logo working file
  2. Recycle Right brand guide