Recycling Facts

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Recycling Facts

* Article retrieved from Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation (Singapore).

From the many disasters that had happened in this decade…

We could derive a conclusion:
What has happen today is the consequences of our past actions.
Mother Earth has sent us threatening signs.
She has been providing us with warning and is seriously in need of our help.
What can we do for Her and our future generations?
Environmental Conservation is the Answer!

So let’s play our part in conserving the environment.
We can do our part by implementation of the 3Rs

‘Reduce’ refers to decreasing the total amount of things used. With less things being used, it also translates to less waste being created.
‘Reuse’ refers to making use of the things again.
‘Recycle’ refers to making new things out of things that have already being used.

Love our Earth just like how we love ourselves!

Materials that can be recycled:

1. PET Bottles 
- Mineral water bottles

2. Plastic and Bottles 
- Bottles of soft drinks, soya sauce, milk, shampoo, detergents, Yakult and soft plastic bags.

3. Metal Cans & Tins 
- Metal cans and tins from soft drink products, biscuit boxes, milk powder tins, paint cans, food & beverages tins…etc

4. Aluminium Cans 
- Soft drink cans, beer cans…etc.

5. Paper Cartons 
- Carton boxes, paper boxes, tissue boxes, egg trays, toilet paper rolls, fresh milk carton or paper-based fruit juice boxes.

(Kindly clean and flatten the above items to reduce storage space.)

6. Paper 
Newspapers, books, magazines, envelopes, photocopy papers, writing pads, advertisement papers, shopping bags…etc.
(Kindly keep them sorted and bundled properly.)

7. Clothes 
Clothes should be packed separately, do not mix with other recycled items.

8. Electrical Appliances 
Computer sets, fans, video players, DVD players, TV sets, radios…etc.

9. Metallic Items 
Metal and stainless steel items such as pots and pan, aluminium containers, iron rods…etc

10. Others 
School bags, leather, belts, shoes, soft toys, CD discs…etc.

Items that we DO NOT recycle:

All types of glasses, mirrors, fish tanks, flower pots, tableware, furniture, rugs, ornaments, paintings, clocks, quilts, uniforms, undergarments, slippers, socks, wigs, flags, files, refrigerators, tyres, old records, computer floppy disks, sponge, etc.

Do you know?

- Recycling 50kg of paper = Saving one 20-year-old tree
- Recycling 10kg of metal can = Saving 5.7 litres of crude oil.
- Recycling 1 aluminium can = Saving electricity for 3 hours of TV time.
- It takes 1 litre (0.2 gallons) of petroleum energy to produce 32 PET bottles. PET plastic bottles can be recycled to make sleeping bags, winter coats, stuffing for stuffed toys, zippers, binding bands, industrial plastics, heat sealable films, and many other things. Recycling plastic is better than producing new plastic because the process requires 50 percent less energy.

Garbage lifespan 

If we do not recycle these resources, the time taken for them to be disintegrated naturally are:
- Newspaper — 1 to 3 years
- Cotton — 1 to 5 years
- Leather — 50 years
- Wood & bamboo — 200 years
- Disposable diapers — 500 years
- Aluminium cans — 500 years
- Glass bottles — 1000 years
- Polyfoam — Forever
- Plastic — Forever

Before making a purchase, it is good to think about how the proposed item will be used and its long-term effects on our environment. Before purchasing, you should ask yourself:
Is it truly necessary?
Is it suitable?
Can it be repeatedly used?
Can it be recycled easily?

If answers to all the questions are NO, you may have to carefully reconsider if you really need to buy that item.

Protect our environment – it all begins with our love for Mother Earth!

We believe that all the efforts put into the monthly recycling activities will help make a difference in conserving our planet.
Let us pick up the litters whilst shrugging off our worries. Be a recycling volunteer and join us in yielding a healthier planet!

You are also welcome to join the monthly recycling day at any of our local community recycling points organized by the  nongovernmental organization  from 9am till 12pm on every 2nd Sunday of the month.