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Waste Minimisation and Recycling with the 3Rs

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1) Reduce - Use only what you need

Tips to reduce waste

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  • Plan a shopping list to avoid impulsive purchases
  • Bring a reusable shopping bag to reduce usage of plastic or paper bags
  • Purchase items

- that will not go out of fashion quickly

- that are refillable

- that will last longer

- with less packaging

  • Borrow, share or hire things that are only needed occasionally

 

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  • Store perishable food in the refrigerator
  • Cook just sufficient food for meals
  • Minimise the use of disposable wares, e.g. disposable forks, spoons, cups
  • Pack meals in reusable containers

 

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  • Opt for electronic statements/newsletters
  • In the absence of electronic mail, request for only a set of newsletter/flyer from sender if a few members of the household receive the same reading materials
  • Contact sender to remove address from mailing list to prevent junk mail
  • Use rag instead of paper tissue for cleaning

 


2) Reuse - Re-use things for the same purpose or other purposes

Tips to reuse waste

 


3) Recycle - Convert waste into useful products

WHAT TO RECYCLE

Please note:

NO food or liquid waste
This will contaminate all the other recyclables in the recycling bin.
 
Common recyclable items: Paper, Glass, Plastic, Metal

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Non-recyclables

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HOW TO RECYCLE

Steps to recycle at home

1. Segregate recyclables from waste.

2. Empty food or liquid residue, if any; rinse if needed.

3. Place recyclables in a household recycling receptacle, e.g. used plastic bag or cardboard box.

4. Deposit recyclables into recycling bin.

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Source: National Environment Agency. Reproduced with permission.