Zerowaste is possible!

A chronicle of waste minimisation and recycling in NUS

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Recent studies of FoE Recycling bins

 A group of students from GEK1052 Community Service and Social Action did a study on the contamination of recycling bins in FoE and sort to tackle the it.

Here are some of their main findings:

Common contaminants

– For Plastic Bottle recycling bins located near the vending machines, paper cups were the main contaminant found. This could indicate that users may wish to recycle, however paper cup recycling is not accepted hence they throw their used cups into the plastic bottle bins instead.

– Plastic Drink Cups were also commonly found.

After checking with Mr Ismail of our new recycling vendor Veolia, we can recycle both the paper cups as well as the plastic drink cups. However the paper cups should not be thrown in paper recycling bin because it will contaminate the other better grades of paper.

So the next improvement that we will be doing is to have paper cups and plastic drink cups to be collected in plastic recycling bins.


Benefits that a spoke and Hub system can bring

With effect from August 09, NUS has started on a spoke and hub system for recycling – at least for paper and continuing with cans and bottles in November.

More details about the system and the FAQ can be found here.

This system needs the housekeeping staff support to collect all the recyclables and the biggest benefit is that we can now set up as many recycling points as possible.

This is evidenced by the setting up green boxes of individual faculty staff in Engineering as highlighted here.

This is important because although NUS has progressed with respect to contamination, we have still missed out the one of the largest source of our paper waste to be recycled – the faculty staff who has individual rooms.

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