The first Environment and Conservation Fund (ECF) Community Recycling Centre opened in 2009 and since then several centres have come into operation to extend recycling to neighbouring areas not covered by the Source Separation of Domestic Waste (SSW) Programme. For example, buildings in older districts do not have any property management company in overseeing a recycling programme nor the space for waste recovery facilities.
The ECF Community Recycling Centres offer a solution by providing collection outlets for recyclable waste at the neighbourhood level and promoting waste reduction and recycling in the local community. The centres are operated by NGOs with strong ties with local residents’ groups. A full list of centres can be seen here.
Bring Your Recyclables to a Community Recycling Centre:
Local residents register as members of their local Community Recycling Centre. They can exchange waste plastics delivered to the centre for daily commodities such as rice, tissue rolls or instant noodles. They also are encouraged to bring in small waste electrical and electronic equipment and glass bottles. For tips on preparing your recyclables, click here.
Environment Ambassadors are on hand to promote source separation of waste. They also visit the residents’ groups of domestic buildings, shop owners, school principals and responsible persons of social institutions, to invite them to join the SSW Programme, and to collect separated plastic waste from their buildings/premises. The Ambassadors occasionally hold promotional activities in their neighbourhood to appeal to local residents to participate in SSW.
The collected plastic waste is baled and picked up by recyclers. (Plastic waste collected via other recycling programmes in the neighbourhood can also be brought to the ECF Community Recycling Centres for pick-up by recyclers.)
NGOs with strong ties with local residents’ groups can apply for subsidies from the ECF to set up Community Recycling Centres. A Model Project has been developed to illustrate the services and operations of these centres.
For details on submitting an application for the ECF subsidy, NGOs can refer to the Guide to Application.
Interested NGOs are also welcome to call the EPD at 2838 3111 for more information.