Recycle e-waste via mail or bins at post offices, Singtel outlets

People can pick up ReCYCLE envelopes at any Singtel shop or exclusive retailer outlet and post office, and mail their unwanted electronic items at no charge.
People can pick up ReCYCLE envelopes at any Singtel shop or exclusive retailer outlet and post office, and mail their unwanted electronic items at no charge.PHOTO: SINGTEL

Consumers can now recycle their unwanted electronics by mailing them for free, or by placing them in bins at several post offices and Singtel outlets.

Launched yesterday in conjunction with World Environment Day, the nationwide programme, named ReCYCLE, is organised by Singapore Post (SingPost) and Singtel.

Those who want to dispose of their electronic devices - such as smartphones, tablets, routers, cables and chargers - can throw them into recycling bins at certain Singtel shops or exclusive retailer outlets, as well as post offices.

The full list of outlets can be found at the ReCYCLE website.

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Consumers can also pick up a special ReCYCLE envelope at any Singtel shop or exclusive retailer outlet and post office, and mail their items at no charge.

The programme aims to reduce the amount of electronic waste (e-waste) by recycling them.

"E-waste is one of the fastest growing categories of waste as consumers dispose of electronic equipment even faster these days," said Mr Andrew Buay, Singtel's vice- president for group sustainability.

Ms Selena Chong, SingPost's vice-president for corporate sustainability, said: "Every recycled item means one less piece of waste that ends up in the landfill."

Other telcos and organisations have their own recycling schemes.

Telco StarHub has, over the past three years, worked with delivery firm DHL and recycler TES-AMM under the REcycling Nation's Electronic Waste (Renew) programme.

Members of the public can drop off their items in more than 300 bins in public areas such as schools, malls and offices.

The National Environment Agency estimates that Singapore produces 60,000 tonnes of electronic waste each year - which is as heavy as 220 Airbus A-380 planes.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 06, 2017, with the headline 'Recycle e-waste via mail or bins at post offices, Singtel outlets'. Print Edition | Subscribe