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The compartmentalised recycling bag aims to increase domestic recycling rates and reduce contamination of recyclables           

Singapore, 9 November 2019 – The North West Community Development Council (CDC), in partnership with the National Environment Agency (NEA), launched a new jumbo recycling tote bag designed with three compartments for cans, paper and plastic; capable of holding up to 12kg of recyclables (see Annex A). Through the jumbo recycling tote bag – another green initiative in its sustainability journey – North West CDC aims to encourage more residents in the North West District to start recycling actively at home, and remind them of the items that can be recycled.

2          At the North West Clean and Green Singapore (CGS) Carnival held at Causeway Point today, the new jumbo recycling tote bag was unveiled by Host Dr Teo Ho Pin, Mayor of North West District, alongside Guests of Honour Mr Khaw Boon Wan, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Mr Vikram Nair, Mr Alex Yam Ziming, and Chief Executive Officer of NEA, Mr Tan Meng Dui.

3          The jumbo recycling tote bag complements the existing Recycle @ North West initiative, which comprises 24 Active Recycling points in the North West District supported by community and resident volunteers (see Annex B for list of Active Recycling points). After accumulating recyclables at home, households are encouraged to bring the jumbo recycling tote bag to the Recycle @ North West points, where residents can learn from volunteers on how to properly prepare recyclable items. For a start, the jumbo recycling tote bag would be progressively distributed to around 300 blocks of residents located near the 24 Recycle @ North West points in the District.

4          Dr Teo Ho Pin, Mayor of North West District said, “The newly launched jumbo recycling tote bag will help to cultivate the habit of recycling right, starting at home, and also inculcate a culture of green living in the district. Over time, the North West CDC also hopes to build a community of residents committed to the green cause through Recycle @ North West” (see Annex C for the impact of North West CDC’s recycling initiatives).

5       Mr Tan Meng Dui, Chief Executive Officer of NEA added, “We are encouraged by the new recycling tote bag by North West CDC, which complements NEA’s own effort to give out in-home recycling bins to new Build-To-Order home-owners since 24 August 2019. Such initiatives make recycling more convenient by providing a practical recycling receptacle at home, which also serves as a useful visual cue to nudge residents to recycle more, from right within their homes.

North West Sustainability Plan 2030

6          The new recycling bag is part of Green Living @ North West efforts, aimed at encouraging greater environmental ownership in the community and inspiring more residents to embrace Green Living. It is a key anchor of the broader North West Sustainability Plan (SP) 2030 – the district’s new masterplan launched in 2018 to promote sustainability in all areas – which extends beyond green living to encompass caring, healthy living and lifelong learning programmes. To achieve this, the North West CDC adopted eight United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (see Annex D).

7          With the support of its strong and dedicated 3P network of corporate and community partners, school partners, green volunteers and residents, the North West District received the Best District National Award for the 6th time and 5th consecutive year at this year’s Clean & Green Singapore carnival, held just one week ago.

North West Clean and Green Singapore Carnival

8          The two-day North West Clean and Green Singapore Carnival, jointly organised by NEA and North West CDC, will run from 11am – 7pm from 9 to 10 November 2019. The theme of the NW CGS carnival this year focuses on Zero Waste to educate the public and children on taking collective action to Reduce Waste, Reuse More and Recycle Right.

9          The carnival will feature interactive exhibitions and exciting workshops, as well as engaging stage performances. The public will also be able to put their knowledge of Zero Waste to the test when they participate in the Eco Game Show, and stand a chance to win attractive prizes worth $3,000 in total. The carnival appeals to residents of all ages and shows how everyone can play their part in building a better and more sustainable home. 

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ANNEX A

Design of New Recycling Bag

ANNEX B

Locations of ‘Recycle @ North West’ Points

S/N

Division

Recycling Point

RC

1

Admiralty

Blk 682B Woodlands Drive 62

Admiralty Zone 5 RC

2

Bukit Panjang

Blk 106 Gangsa Road

Bukit Panjang Zone 1 RC

3

Bukit Panjang

Blk 129 Pending Road

Bukit Panjang Zone 2 RC

4

Bukit Panjang

Blk 213 Petir Road

Bukit Panjang Zone 3 RC

5

Bukit Panjang

Blk 229 Pending Road

Bukit Panjang Zone 4 RC

6

Bukit Panjang

Blk 272 Bangkit Road

Bukit Panjang Zone 6 RC

7

Bukit Panjang

Blk 242 Bukit Panjang Ring Rd

Bukit Panjang Zone 7 RC

8

Bukit Panjang

Blk 413 Saujana Road

Bukit Panjang Zone 8 RC

9

Bukit Panjang

Blk 434 Bukit Panjang Ring Rd

Bukit Panjang Zone 9 RC

10

Bukit Panjang

Blk 441 Fajar Road

Bukit Panjang Zone 10 RC

11

Cashew

Blk 149 Petir Road

Cashew Zone 1 RC

12

Gambas

Blk 432A Yishun Avenue 1

Orchid Vista RC

13

Gambas

Blk 440 Yishun Avenue 11

Yishun Floral RC

14

Marsiling

Blk 174 Woodlands Street 13

Marsiling Zone 5 RC

15

Nee Soon Central

Blk 701 Yishun Avenue 5

Nee Soon Central Zone 3 RC

16

Nee Soon East

Blk 210 Yishun Street 21

Yishun Palm Springs RC

17

Nee Soon South

Blk 805 Yishun Ring Road

Nee Soon South Zone C RC

18

Nee Soon South

Blk 841 Yishun Street 81

Nee Soon South Zone D RC

19

Nee Soon South

Blk 873 Yishun Street 81

Nee Soon South Zone F RC

20

Sembawang

Blk 718 Woodlands Avenue 6

Sembawang Zone E RC

21

Ulu Pandan

Linkhouse next to Blk 7 Ghim Moh Road

Ghim Moh Gardens RC

22

Ulu Pandan

Blk 4 Queen’s Road

Farrer Gardens RC

23

Woodgrove

Blk 336 Woodlands Avenue 1

Woodgrove Zone 7 RC

24

Yew Tee

Blk 621 Choa Chu Kang St 62

Yew Tee GROs

The 24 recycling points are available monthly on a selected Sunday of each month, from 9.00am – 12.00pm. Upcoming sessions for 2019 are on 10 November 2019 and 8 December 2019.

ANNEX C

North West CDC’s Recycling Efforts

            The objectives of ‘Green Living @ North West’ are the cornerstone of the key programmes in the North West District, such as ‘Recycle @ North West’, which launched in October 2011 to drive recycling among residents in the North West District and create bonding among residents through a common platform at the recycling points. At each recycling point located within the residential estates, green volunteers will share with residents on the importance of reducing and reusing, and how to recycle and what to recycle. Residents will learn more about resource conservation and get hands-on experiential learning and involved in sorting the recyclables. In FY 2018, 109,000kg of sorted recyclables have been collected at 23 recycling points throughout the district. There are currently 24 Recycle @ North West points with a latest addition this year.

2          In addition, the We Care, We Recycle @ North West programme was launched in May 2014 to encourage student volunteers to set up monthly recycling points in schools. Schools conduct outreach efforts to educate residents on proper recycling practices. In FY 2018, 9,800 students from 49 schools collected 206,000kg of recyclables.

ANNEX D

North West Sustainability Plan 2030

  • The SP2030, which replaces the district’s previous 10-Year Eco Plan, extends beyond Green Living initiatives for a more holistic coverage of North West District’s efforts to promote sustainability in all forms.
  • It adopts 8 United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs), and encompasses an action plan and milestones to review performance of North West CDC’s programmes in fulfilling the plan.
  • The SP2030, unveiled in 2018, continues to offer residents in North West District an accessible platform to come together and do their part to contribute to the national and global goals of achieving environmental and social sustainability.

Goal 1:

End poverty in all its forms everywhere

Goal 3:

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Goal 4:

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

Goal 8:

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

Goal 11:

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Goal 12:

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Goal 13:

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

Goal 17:

Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development

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