Get bin design right to make recycling easier

While schools do focus on the benefits of cultivating good recycling habits, there are gaps in recycling as a way of life for busy Singaporeans.

Some of the National Environment Agency's (NEA) recycling bins are designed much like general waste bins, with no separate compartments for different types of recyclables.

Easy access to information on the locations of recycling bins would also help to increase the rate of participation in recycling.

Recycling at home and at work can be frustrating when one has to make sufficient space for at least three bins to segregate waste. A better bin design would make the process much easier.

Companies can also help to reduce their dependence on plastics by encouraging customers to opt for reusable shopping bags instead of supplying plastic bags.

The use of reusable shopping bags can also be encouraged with more aesthetically pleasing designs and by pricing them reasonably.

Lim Chang Siang

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 07, 2015, with the headline 'Get bin design right to make recycling easier'. Print Edition | Subscribe