Monday, Nov 20th

Recycling Facts

Caring for Mother Earth – Our Planet, Our Home

As a result of global warming, there is an increase in the frequency of extreme weather events, such as droughts, floods, typhoons, etc. around the world. The rise in global temperature is primarily due to an increase in greenhouse gases brought about by human activity.

“If everyone makes a conscious effort to reduce carbon emissions by adopting a more frugal lifestyle instead of seeking materialistic indulgence, we can all play a part in protecting Mother Earth from further damage.”                     — Dharma Master Cheng Yen


Recyclable items and materials:

  1. PET bottles: mineral water and soft drink bottles
  2. Plastics: shopping bags, packaging/wrappers, containers of various cleaning products, food/beverage containers (e.g. milk bottles, ice cream tubs), etc.
  3. Metals: metal containers of food and beverage products (e.g. milk powder/Milo tins, canned food containers), etc.  
  4. Aluminium: soft drink/beer cans, etc.
  5. Paper (hard): cardboard boxes, tissue boxes, egg trays, toilet rolls, milk/ fruit juice cartons, biscuit boxes, etc.
  6. Paper: Newspapers, books, magazines, envelopes, pamphlets, flyers, brochures, receipts, letters, paper bags, etc.
  7. Used clothing: *excluding worn-out clothes and undergarment
  8. Electrical & electronic equipment: computers, fans, video players, TV sets, DVD players, radios, etc.
  9. Hardware: Metal / stainless steel kettles, pots, pans, rods, wire, keys, etc.
  10. Others: Umbrellas, CDs, etc.

※ All recyclables must be sorted and cleaned for recycling

Do you know?

•    Recycling 50kg of paper is equivalent to saving one 20-year-old tree
•    Recycling 10kg of metal cans is equivalent to saving 5.7 litres of crude oil
•    Recycling 1 aluminium can saves enough electricity to operate a TV for 3 hours
•    Recycling every 6 PET bottles can reduce CO2 production by 145g, oil usage by 3ml and water usage by 510ml


Time taken by waste items to decompose:

Newspaper 1-3 years
Cotton 1-5 years
Leather 50 years
Wood & bamboo 200 years
Disposable diapers 500 years
Aluminium cans 200-250 years
Glass bottles More than 1000 years
Plastic items  Up to 1000 years
Styrofoam  Forever


Think before you buy!

  1. Is it a necessity?
  2. Is it usable/suitable?
  3. Can it be reused many times?
  4. Is it recyclable?


The 5 R's to Sustainability




Leave our children a clean and safe Earth!


Let us cherish and protect Mother Earth to make the world a better place for all. Our recycling volunteers come from all walks of life – everyone is welcome to join us in saving our planet.


“To conserve our resources, we must learn to cherish what we already have.”

─ Jing Si Aphorism by Dharma Master Cheng Yen


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