Promoting Waste Recycling Through Multiple Initiatives in Singapore

The Singapore government implemented a Zero Waste Masterplan since 2019 with specific targets to reduce national waste generation and improve recycling rates as it transits towards a circular economy. At CLI properties in Singapore, beyond the ongoing recycling programmes implemented, CLI continuously pilots new initiatives to further encourage recycling by tenants and shoppers.

CLI has implemented e-waste recycling initiatives at its properties in Singapore since 2014. It ensures proper disposal and recycling through the appointment of certified e-waste vendors. In 2022, it also worked with a waste management services provider to provide e-waste recycling bins at its business parks and industrial properties to make e-waste recycling more accessible to its tenants. More than 33 tonnes of e-waste was collected at its 59 properties in Singapore in 2022.

To expand its recycling efforts, it has embarked on two food waste management trials at its shopping malls, Funan and Tampines Mall. At Funan, a food waste biodigester has been installed to convert raw and cooked foods into grey water and compost without the use of chemicals. The innovative environmental technology uses an aerobic process to accelerate the decomposition of food waste. Separately, compact recycling machines that can convert food waste into natural, bio-organic fertilisers with low-energy usage and at high-processing speeds, will be installed at Tampines Mall. The property management teams at both properties have been actively engaging tenants such as supermarket and food court operators to participate in the trials.

There are other ongoing pilots to improve recycling rate and reduce recycling contamination, such as a paper recycling station, reverse vending machines for bottles and cans, as well as collaboration with Nestle Nespresso on coffee capsule recycling.

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