Do your part for the environment
You can do your part for the environment by practising the 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse & Recycle)
- Minimise Food Waste
- Plan your grocery shopping trips and buy only as much as you can eat or cook.
- Store any leftovers and consume them before they spoil.
- Prepare and cook only what you need for consumption.
- Order or take just enough food when eating out.
- Ask for less noodles or rice if you know you cannot finish the food.
- Avoid the use of disposable products
- Use rechargeable batteries instead of non-rechargeable ones.
- Bring along a reusable bag with you on shopping trips.
- Ask for non-disposable cutlery when eating out. Bring your own containers and utensils for take-aways.
- Use cloth to clean your table instead of paper towels.
- Minimise the use of disposable diapers; use cloth diapers instead.
- Use handkerchief instead of tissue paper.
- Buy products with less packaging
- Buy household products that are used frequently in large or economy-sized packaging.
- Buy refill packs for your cleaning and personal care products.
- Choose products with less packaging.
- Support products with packaging made from recycled and reused material.
- Choose packaging that are reusable or recyclable.
- Instead of bottled water, choose refillable bottles and refill with tap water.
- Reusing paper
Before you crush that scrap paper / gift wrapper in your hand, why not
- Make notepaper for shopping lists, etc
- Use it again as wrapping paper?
- Make it into a paper container to hold small things like paper clips or thumbtacks? (Organise your stuff!)
- Reusing glass bottles
Empty glass bottles can come in handy. Try these simple ideas.
- If you have leftover food, it can be stored in widenecked jars such as coffee or jam jars.
- When your spices, herbs or sauces run out, instead of buying a new glass bottle, you could just buy refills.
- Simply punch holes into the metal cap of the jar and you could have a customised pepper/salt shaker.
- Rather than a conventional pot, you could opt to use a glass bottle to grow your plants and/or shrubs.
- Interesting shaped glass bottles have the potential to be used as vases.
- Reusing plastic bags
- They can be reused for your shopping trips.
- They are perfect for lining household dustbins as trash bags.
- Reusing plastic containers
- Use them for storage of food, loose items, etc. instead of buying new containers for storage.
- Other ideas on reusing
- Look out for charity projects where used textbooks donated by the public are redistributed to needy students.
- Give old textbooks to your juniors in the school.
- Donate used appliances to charity organisations.
- Auction used appliances off on the Internet.
- Trade the old appliances for something else on the Internet.
- Reuse the fabrics from old clothes by cutting them up into rags for cleaning.
- Donate old clothes to charity organisations.
- Hold a clothes-swapping party and take the chance to refresh your wardrobe and get rid of unwanted pieces.
- Items which can be recycled
- Items that cannot be recycled
- Paper that has been contaminated with food waste, used tissue paper and sweet wrappers.
- Used styrofoam and disposable plastic cups/containers.
- Cassette tapes
- Light bulbs and window glass
- Ceramic and porcelain items
- Now that you know what to recycle, remember to practise the 5 steps of proper recycling!
STEP 1: Recycle paper, plastic, metal, glass and old clothing
STEP 2: Empty recyclable containers of their contents
STEP 3: Deposit recyclables into recycling bins instead of leaving them outside.
STEP 4: Do not deposit food waste and non-recyclables into recycling bins.
STEP 5: Do not dispose bulky items like furniture and renovation waste at recycling bins.