Every year, Singapore generates about 60,000 tonnes (that’s 60 million kg) of e-waste – a figure that’s expected to increase with rising affluence and technological advancements. While most of us are chasing after the latest mobile phone models, few are aware that our nation is struggling to manage a growing mountain full of discarded electronic items such as refrigerators, washing machines, televisions and mobile phones. The buy-and-throw-away culture is prevalent and is contributing greatly to our concerns with e-waste management.
But why put e-waste in the spotlight? All e-waste contains small amounts of hazardous materials, for instance, heavy metals such as lead found in TVs and ozone-depleting chemicals found in refrigerators. Many people simply throw these items down the chute, or leave them at rubbish bins and bin centres.
What can we do? Many times, these items just need a little fix and they will work as good as before. Instead of buying a brand new appliance to replace what you thought was broken, a group of ‘Repair Coaches’ at Repair Kopitiam are trained to help Singaporeans with repair of all kinds of faulty products like electrical appliances and household items. They believe that a sustainable future lies in reducing such e-waste through repairing one appliance at a time.
Together with Repair Kopitiam, Geneco aims to reduce e-waste by encouraging the community to consider if an appliance can be repaired before it is discarded, and also inspiring and imparting skills onto fellow Singaporeans as the nation strives to meet the goal of Zero Waste.
On the first week of May 2019, Geneco and Repair Kopitiam put together a repair skill workshop to share some simple repair tricks with families – sew your name, solder a circuit board, use an electric drill, upholstery, assembling appliance and continuity testing.
Under the supervision of Repair Kopitiam’s Repair Coaches, even the little ones are given the opportunity to try seemingly technical tasks such as soldering or continuity testing!
The event saw about 200 adults and children across 3 days. Each one of them had a chance to pick up a new skill and make something on their own using recycled materials. For instance, they learned how to use a sewing machine to sew their name on a recycled piece of cloth and made it into a wristband.
You are never too small to make a difference! Making the world a greener place starts today. If we can start thinking about how we can repair a broken item before throwing it away, we can all help in reducing tonnes of e-waste in Singapore.
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by Alvin Chong
Singapore, 15 May 2019 – According to the expert panel who spoke at a recent clean energy forum, the future of sustainable energy in Singapore is positive. The nation is embarking on intensive research and development to increase the contribution of renewable energy in its energy mix.
Geneco, one of Singapore’s leading electricity retailer, partnered with the Sustainable Energy association of Singapore (SEAS), a non-profit business association that represents the interests of companies in the sustainable energy sector, to host a sustainability forum on 26 April 2019.
The three-hour forum was targeted at carbon space experts, business owners and energy managers. Industry experts were brought in to share about how global climate action translates into direct cost impacts on business in Singapore and how companies can transit to a low-carbon business model.
One of the speaker, Mr Vinod Kesava, the co-founder and chief executive officer of the Climate Resources Exchange (CRX), shared about the untapped potential of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. He also shared the successes in the integration of renewable energy with environmental attributes from carbon credits and renewable energy certificates.
At one of the talks during the forum, Ms Pooja Bansal, a YTL-SV Carbon senior consultant specialising in energy and environment management, delved deeper into the renewable energy certificates and carbon credits verification process and provided practical tips to identify credible certificated and credits available in the market that can be used by companies for their respective environmental attributes.
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Source: The Sustainability Project
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