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Singapore calls on Alba Group to tackle its e-scrap

Alba Group will help Singapore recover its growing volumes of electronic waste. The country’s National Environment Agency (NEA) has contracted the company to organise an extended producer responsibility (EPR) scheme.

The scheme will be launched this July and run until the summer of 2026 to tackle the estimated 60 0000 tonnes of post-consumer electronics and equipment waste generated across Singapore every year. Alba is already operating similar EPR schemes in Germany and Hong Kong, and has also been the public waste collector for the Singapore island of Jurong since April 2020.

Alba will set up a data management system to track and report the amounts of e-scrap collected for treatment. The material will then be processed at licensed recyclers in the region.

To boost results, Alba will also organise outreach programmes to raise public awareness on the importance of recycling used electronics. This includes a website and app with practical information about material value, how recycling works and collection schedules.

‘This is the first EPR scheme to be introduced in Singapore which is an important step to close the e-waste loop and adopt a circular approach towards resource management, as envisioned in Singapore’s zero waste masterplan,’ says NEA deputy chief executive officer Ram Bhaskar. ‘To make it more convenient for the public to recycle their e-waste, they will also be able to request ad-hoc doorstep collection services on the website or app for a fee.’

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