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More than 6,800kg of electronic waste collected in recycling trial

Published on Jan 11, 2014 9:14 PM
 
Retiree Hussein Jaafar, 74, puts his used electric applicances in a recycling bin at Marine Parade CC on Saturday, Jan 11, 2014. A trial to collect and recycle disused electronics in one neighbourhood has surpassed initial expectations, with organisers looking to extend the campaign to more areas across Singapore later this year. -- ST PHOTO: JASON QUAH

A trial to collect and recycle disused electronics in one neighbourhood has surpassed initial expectations, with organisers looking to extend the campaign to more areas across Singapore later this year.

More than 6,800kg of electronic waste, or e-waste, was collected in the South East Community Development Council (CDC) in five months - almost triple the initial target of 2,500kg for the six-month scheme.

The recycling programme, which started last July, has even been lengthened by an extra month as more households dispose of old appliances like computers, washing machines and fridges in time for Chinese New Year celebrations.

Talks are now under way to extend the scheme to more neighbourhoods within and beyond South East CDC, said the campaign's sponsor, electronics giant Panasonic on Saturday.