South West District launches new $100,000 fund for environmental projects

The fund was launched by South West District Mayor Amy Khor on Sunday morning at the South West District's annual environmental event, where residents also exchanged recyclables for groceries, such as rice and instant noodles.

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26 environmental projects initiated by community groups and schools over the past three years have reached out to more than 100,000 residents.

Dr Amy Khor revealed these figures in a Facebook update after the launch of the South West Youth ECo Challenge Fund on Saturday.

The fund, which is worth $100,000, aims to drive environmental responsibility and volunteerism among the youth.

"They are two key components in the Challenge, namely a dedicated team of mentors, who are passionate environmentalists themselves, to guide our youth, and an advisory on pertinent environmental issues, including improving recycling rates or curbing high-rise littering, identified by the community and our volunteers, for the youth to address and mitigate through impactful and sustainable projects.

"Each project can receive up to $10,000. We look forward to interesting initiatives and strong youth participation in the coming year," the mayor of South West district said.

This is the second green initiave launched by the South West district within a week.

On Monday (Jan 13), Dr Khor also kick-started Singapore's first light bulb recycling programme for the South West community.

In her Facebook post talking about South West District's efforts to champion environmental responsibility, Dr Khor said: "To date, our residents have contributed 265.6 tonnes of paper and 173.5 tonnes of clothing, equivalent to saving more than 4,500 trees."

"Light bulbs can be a difficult item to recycle for homemakers.

"With this programme, residents can now recycle their used light bulbs by depositing them at 30 RC Centres which are equipped with light bulb recycling bins.

"The best thing is that they are also doing their part for the less-fortunate."