Charity sale of used items aims to promote recycling

Hundreds of goods donated by Singaporeans - including clothes, toys and books - are on sale at City Square Mall today, to raise money for disadvantaged women and children here.

The weekend-long sale, organised by sustainability firm Eco-Business and property giant City Developments (CDL), aims to raise $40,000 for the Singapore Council of Women's Organisations (SCWO) after one-for-one matching by the Government's Care and Share movement.

More than 6,000kg of second- hand goods was collected over three weeks and $7,000 was raised yesterday alone. CDL also made a $10,000 pledge to the SCWO Service Fund.

The initiative, called EcoBank, aims to reduce waste and promote sustainable consumption in Singapore. During the three-week collection drive, bins were set up at seven locations, including City Square Mall, Republic Plaza, Fuji Xerox Towers and Manulife Centre.

Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State for Environment and Water Resources and Health, was guest of honour at the bazaar launch yesterday. She said she was "heartened" by the initiative.

UNSUSTAINABLE CONSUMPTION

Last year, Singapore generated about 7.5 million tonnes of waste, which is 50 per cent more than what we generated 10 years ago. If we continue... Semakau Landfill will run out of space by 2035.''

DR AMY KHOR, Senior Minister of Statefor Environment and Water Resourcesand Health

"Last year, Singapore generated about 7.5 million tonnes of waste, which is 50 per cent more than what we generated 10 years ago. If we continue at this rate, Semakau Landfill will run out of space by 2035," she said.

"EcoBank aims to raise public awareness of recycling and seeks to change public behaviour in the long run. Such outreach and engagement efforts will no doubt bring us closer to realising Singapore's vision of a Zero Waste Nation."

Kok Xing Hui

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 17, 2016, with the headline 'Charity sale of used items aims to promote recycling'. Print Edition | Subscribe