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Do your part for the environment

Do your part for the environment

You can do your part for the environment by practising the 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse & Recycle)


  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.


  1. 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!)
  1. 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.
  1. Reusing plastic bags
    • They can be reused for your shopping trips.
    • They are perfect for lining household dustbins as trash bags.
  1. Reusing plastic containers
    • Use them for storage of food, loose items, etc. instead of buying new containers for storage.
  1. 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.


  1. Items which can be recycled
    • Paper
    • Glass
    • Metal
    • Cans
    • Clothes
    • Plastic
  1. 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
  1. 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.


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