This post may not be exactly related to composting, but it kinda reiterates the recycling problem in Singapore (or perhaps just at my area in Bukit Batok East).
I have walked by the recycling point near my area a couple of times, and each time I do, these two thoughts never fail to cross my mind:
- How can I ever squeeze my way into this narrow space with my trash?
- I support recycling, but do I have to walk all the way just here to do so?
Perhaps the following pictures can illustrate why:
Quite thought-provoking, isn’t it? That’s really why the aforementioned thoughts never fail to cross my mind whenever I walk by these recycling bins.
Next, I realise that one might be unable to confidently identify them as recycling bins, unless you are always able to correctly assume that 3 brightly-coloured bins placed next each other are recycling bins.
Why do I say so?
If you have noticed from the pictures above, none of them show that they are recycling bins, unless you read the sign “recycling bins” from the front.
And the only way to the front (in this case) is to carefully maneuver yourself near or right onto the narrow little space between the bins and the drain.
How about perspectives from far off, such as walking towards the front side of the bins from a distance?
Well, I took a few shots to show that it is quite difficult to do so because of the way the bins are positioned:
Despite all that, there are a few things I like about these recycling bins:
- They have English and Mandarin labels on them, therefore properly catering to our Mandarin-speaking elder folks, uncles and aunties.
- The recycling bins have so far been very well-maintained. You don’t see bugs or creepy crawlies anywhere, and there are no odours too. I would like to give these observations a benefit of doubt, instead of immediately assuming that people are not using these recycling bins at all.
Lastly, since this post came up, I thought I’d take this opportunity to let you know that I will be starting a mini recycling project within my block.
I know it sounds crazy, but I’ve always wanted to have a first-hand understanding of the recycling habits of Singaporeans (e.g. what they would actually put in recycling bins) and whether they will be more motivated to recycle if the bins were much nearer their home (e.g. within the HDB block itself).
Excited? I am! 😀
More updates soon, I promise!