Tips to improve your recycling habits

February 1, 2018

For most of us, recycling often involves putting things we are unsure about, together with other recyclables. This actually makes it tougher to sort, and may cause the recyclables to get contaminated, thus ending up as general wastes to be incinerated instead. 

Often in Singapore, aluminium drink cans are put into aluminium recycling bins while still carrying liquids. Takeaway coffee cups, food bags, and tissues are put into paper recycling bins. This is often due to a lack of awareness and knowledge about what can be recycled. 

By learning how to recycle properly and correctly, a little effort can go a long way! That’s why we thought of 3 great ways to improve our recycling habits. 

1. Know what you can and can’t recycle
Read up on the recycling guidelines to make sure you don’t recycle anything that cannot be recycled. Tissue paper and coffee cups, for instance, should not be recycled due to the contaminants. 

2. Clean, remove
Rinse, clean and remove off any contaminants before recycling, this includes stickers, labels, and liquid. 

3. Remember to reduce and reuse 
Though recycling is important, you can boost the effectiveness of your recycling efforts by lowering your consumption of goods and reusing what you already own. Help reduce your wastes by only buying what you really need. For example, instead of buying takeaway food, focus on reducing and reusing by purchasing a refillable water bottle, or use reusable takeaway containers instead.

As you might have realised by now, recycling isn’t about hassling but planning to include it into your daily lifestyle. Once it’s applied, it almost becomes second nature.

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