Make condo recycling bins a must

Make condo recycling bins a must

SINGAPORE - Although Singapore has a well-deserved reputation of being a clean and green city, its residents are far from proactive when it comes to good ecological behaviour, including the disposal of waste.

The authorities can do more to prod the populace into being more responsible.

Most landed property residences now have two disposal bins, one for normal waste and the other for items that can be recycled. However, few condominiums provide bins that are clearly marked for different types of waste.

Why not make it mandatory for each block to have at least one or two purpose-built bins, placed in lobbies and other common areas, for the disposal of recyclable items?

Obviously, this must be accompanied by a rigorous awareness programme to ensure that these bins are properly used by residents, and regularly emptied and cleaned by the condominium management.

Without mandated regulations, the management corporations of condominiums are unlikely to take action.

Jairam Amrith


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