Why can't I recycle my old TV or fridge in Singapore?

Workers disassembling electronic devices at TES-AMM, one of six main e-waste recycling companies in Singapore. Unlike smaller e-waste, such as computers and smartphones, the percentage of recoverable and recyclable materials for large household appli
Workers disassembling electronic devices at TES-AMM, one of six main e-waste recycling companies in Singapore. Unlike smaller e-waste, such as computers and smartphones, the percentage of recoverable and recyclable materials for large household appliances is more limited and of lower value.ST FILE PHOTO

E-waste sector still new and poorly structured, but things could change with new legislation

You can recycle that large stack of magazines, but not an old refrigerator or television.

While such bulky items make up more than 80 per cent (by weight) of all e-waste generated in Singapore, there are currently no programmes for recycling large household appliances, the National Environment Agency (NEA) told The Straits Times.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 19, 2018, with the headline 'Why can't I recycle my old TV or fridge in S'pore?'. Print Edition | Subscribe