Schemes to promote recycling must hit where it hurts

All this talk about education to promote recycling seems to be going nowhere ("Food waste raises a stink for recycling"; last Friday).

A harder approach seems to be needed, and the inactive populace needs to be hit where it hurts.

I suggest that the Government legislate and incentivise recycling, while also imposing a tax on rubbish, beyond the service and conservancy charge.

There also needs to be a move away from unattended recycling bins that are open to abuse.

The National Environment Agency could work with recycling partners and grassroots organisations to implement more secure avenues of waste disposal and recycling.

Recycling could be done over a counter and incremental bonuses given, while rubbish can be disposed of for a fee.

All credits and charges can be tallied into a monthly amount for residents to pay or be paid.

In the meantime, why not offer composting facilities for community fruit and vegetable gardens?

This would tackle some food waste problems while offering residents the chance to bond with neighbours.

The challenge of waste management is a very real problem. Much more needs to be done to solve it.

Adam Reutens-Tan

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 27, 2016, with the headline 'Schemes to promote recycling must hit where it hurts'. Print Edition | Subscribe