CapitaLand rolls out e-waste recycling bins at 10 malls

CapitaLand first tested out its e-waste recycling plan at Funan DigitaLife Mall in May this year.
CapitaLand first tested out its e-waste recycling plan at Funan DigitaLife Mall in May this year.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - CapitaLand is rolling out e-waste recycling bins across 10 of its malls in Singapore to encourage shoppers and tenants to adopt electronic waste recycling.

CapitaLand is also engaging its Singapore office tenants with an ewaste collection drive from this month to December 2016 in eight of its office properties - Capital Tower, CapitaGreen, Six Battery Road, One George Street, Raffles City Tower, Twenty Anson, HSBC Building and Wilkie Edge.

During this drive, office staff can conveniently and safely dispose of both their personal e-waste, such as music players and mobile phones, as well as corporate e-waste, like computers, monitors and servers, the company said in its announcement on Tuesday (Aug 23).

CapitaLand first tested out its e-waste recycling plan at Funan DigitaLife Mall in May this year and collected over 32,000 kg of e-waste by the end of June.

Said Mr Tan Seng Chai, CapitaLand's group chief corporate officer and chairman of its sustainability steering committee: "We are now expanding our waste recycling efforts to include e-waste because of the environmental and health concerns posed by improperly handled e-waste.

"Most e-waste contains small amounts of heavy metals and toxic substances that require specialised equipment and processes to handle. CapitaLand works with established partners for our e-waste recycling programme to ensure that all collected items are properly dismantled and processed with recyclable materials extracted for future use, and unrecyclable materials disposed of in a controlled environment to prevent leaching and pollution."

Mr Tan added that CapitaLand's serviced residences in Australia and Europe offer similar e-waste recycling programmes.