Asia – In a bid to boost the electronics recycling rate in Singapore, the Singtel x SingPost E-waste Recycling Programme was launched at the start of this week to coincide with World Environment Day. With its population of 5.5 million people, Singapore is the second-biggest producer of e-scrap per capita in Asia, after Hong Kong.
Called ReCYCLE, the new scheme is a collaboration between Singapore’s two leading ICT and postal companies Singtel and SingPost.
Unwanted devices such as mobile phones, laptops and tablets, as well as related accessories like chargers, cables and batteries, can be dropped off in ReCYCLE bins at selected retail outlets and also post offices.
The ReCYCLE initiative is designed to recover valuable metals and boost reuse of post-consumer devices. According to the two participating companies, this equipment is currently either incinerated or landfilled at Pulau Semakau, an island located to the south of Singapore.
According to statistics from Singapore’s National Environment Agency, the country generated upwards of 7.67 million tonnes of solid waste in 2015 for an increase of 159 000 tonnes over the previous year. The increase in electronic devices in use also means higher volumes of e-scrap.