How to make recycling the norm

Hong Kah North is currently piloting its Towards A Zero Waste Community green campaign, with the placement of smart bins at the community club ("Hong Kah North rolls out smart bins in green campaign"; Monday).

However, such smart bins could also be placed in residential areas at prominent places, such as void decks, so that it will be more convenient for people to use them. 

It is a step in the right direction that electronic waste will also be included in efforts to spur the public to recycle unwanted items.  

Educational campaigns should be organised to get the public to adopt a more "green conscious" mindset, perhaps with incentives as part of the green campaign.

Coffee shop stall owners should also be made aware of the implications of food wastage.

Schools should also place greater emphasis on getting their students to participate in green efforts or raise awareness among youth of the need to recycle. In turn, they could educate their family members on recycling.

Taking the first step in making an effort to separate recyclables from non-recyclables will spur others to follow suit.

Such efforts can help make recycling the norm.

Darren Chan Keng Leong

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 23, 2015, with the headline 'How to make recycling the norm'. Print Edition | Subscribe