Zerowaste is possible!

A chronicle of waste minimisation and recycling in NUS

Charitable Recycling

Charitable Recycling is a collaboration between NUSSU SAVE Zer0Waste and South West Community Development Council (SWCDC). The idea was mooted to take add more ‘flavor’ to the 3Rs – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle – that is, charity. With this, the community practices both conservation of natural resources and helping the needy, with just 1 simple act – recycling.

This initiative was started in 2009, which saw many in the NUS community coming forward to donate their recyclables. Encouraged by the response, this project has continued in 2010, gathering a total of 186kg and 167kg of recyclables in January and December respectively.The funds from selling the recyclables will go to the needy students in the South West Constituency.

This project is divided into into two components:
1. PGP Charitable Recycling
2. Campus -wide Charitable Recycling  
Collection of unwanted clothes from the PGP residents was done from 27th Nov to 10th Dec. Goods were collected by a vendor appointed by South West Community Development Council (SWCDC)who sold them to contractors and were shipped to third world countries. Funds raised will be directed to 600 needy students from ITE College West.

PGP Charitable Recycling

We have collected a total of 167 kg of clothes and we thank the residents of PGP for making this project a success.

Campus -wide Charitable Recycling
The collection of unwanted clothes and electronic waste from NUS students and staff will be done from 24th Jan to 26th Jan. Currently there are no recycling points on campus for electronic waste and clothes, hence this provides an avenue for the students and staff to recycle these two categories of recyclables.
Goods collected will be consolidated and collected by Yok Impex and Tes-Amm, which are vendors appointed by South West Community Development Council (SWCDC). Funds raised will be directed to 900 needy students from ITE College West and 75 trainees from MINDS Clementi.

CNY recycling-international paper size

Collection will be done around campus from 24th Jan to 26th Jan 10am to 1pm in the following places.
1)Walkway outside central library
2)Faculty of engineering – LT6 foyer
3)Faculty of Science – outside student hub
4)Business canteen
We would like all of you to make your contribution and help us in our goal to help out the needy as well as making our environment a better place to live in.


  1. must the electronics be in working condition?

  2. Hi, organiser.

    I have 2 big boxes of goods and another two big bags of clothes and bags for recycle (after my spring cleaning). It’s really impossible for me to bring all the stuff to school. May I know if you offer collection service?

  3. Hi,

    Do you guys take empty printer cartridges? I have one lying around but I’ve been lazy to take it to HP-authorised recycling collectors.


  4. Please check the available facilities for printer cartridge recycling here: here:

  5. Charitable Recycling IC

    January 24, 2011 at 5:49 am

    To LH: No, they don’t have to be in working condition.

    To Siew Chien: sorry we don’t offer collection service due to manpower constrain. Could you kindly bring them to our collection points? Maybe you can bring them on separate days. 🙂

  6. Hi,
    I received a poster saying the recycling is on the 24-26th of Feb. I went to the students hub at Science today and found no booth. Can I still drop them off ? Any suggestions?


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