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Director OED Michael Ng encourages staff on reaching recycling standards!

Briefing on Recycling to OED Staff

On 26th May 2010, we were very honoured to have Director of OED, Mr Michael Ng to brief the OED staff on recycling.

For the past one year, myself from OES and Wini, Supari and Edi of OED have been running ahead with recycling, just implementing. It was time to stop, brief the rest of the team and get more buy in.

Hence this time, we got the Zone Property Managers and their deputies managers in as well. As usual, we had the Estate maintenance (EM)Trade leaders, and most importantly we had Noordin from Retail and Dining.

A year ago, we started thinking we only need to manage the housekeepers of the EM but that was not true. Recycling bins in canteens belonged to the Retail and Dining, recycling bins at busstops were under the charge of Landscape instead. And if you include housekeepers managed by Office of Housing Services and those by halls, there will be 5-6 entities altogether. Complicated for big organisation to get simple thing like recycling done.

So in this case, Director Michael briefed the OED staff that handles the EM housekeepers and landscapers.

First, he shared the target by NEA on us due to our success in 3R funds and reminded everyone on the standards expected for our bulk bins and recycling bins.

Now with Property Managers also in the loop, I am sure there will be more eyes to help us maintain the standards!

It was also noted we have a lot to learn from the Safety Team in OED to create buy in.

Keep moving!!!


  1. How about making a trip down to Bukit Timah Campus sometime?

  2. oesmtgh

    June 8, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    We have the housekeeping representative from BTC in the meeting as well – we have not left out BTC.

  3. What I meant was come down and take a look at the situation in BTC. See whether the bins are in the right places, whether they’re next to trash bins, whether they’re properly labelled, assess the contamination rate, whether posters are needed, etc.

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