Polls: Most residents recycle, know how to save electricity

Polls: Most residents recycle, know how to save electricity
(From left) Mr Wong Fatt Cheong learning to collapse drink cartons at City Square Mall on 24 November 2013. With him are National Environment Agency’s Ms Wong Yi Lin, Madam Lilian Ang, Madam Lau Keng Wah, Madam Tan Leng Hong and and NEA youth environment envoy Ong Chee Siang. Collapsing tetra beverage cartons help to save space for disposal and to make recycling easier.

SINGAPORE- Most residents recycle and have some basic knowledge of saving electricity, according to two studies released by the Environment and Water Resources Ministry yesterday.

In the study on household recycling, 95 per cent of respondents said they recycle some of their household items. The five most common: newspapers, old clothes, magazines, plastic bags and plastic drink bottles.

In the other study on energy efficiency, respondents cited cost savings as their main reason for cutting electricity usage.

The ministry will use the findings of the two inaugural studies for its outreach programmes.

The Government aims to raise the nationwide recycling rate from 60 per cent last year to 65 per cent by 2020, and cut energy consumption by the same year.

Each study comprised two respondent groups: 2,500 Singaporeans and permanent residents who were surveyed between August and November last year, and five focus groups of 10 people each from different target groups including students, homemakers and working adults, who were polled between December last year and January this year.

The studies also revealed gaps in respondents' recycling and energy-saving knowledge.

For example, two out of five did not know items that can be recycled can be collected together as they are separated by waste collection firms. And fewer than half knew that overloading food items inside the refrigerator could prevent it from running efficiently.

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