A mandatory electrical and electronic waste (e-waste) management system will be in place by 2021 in Singapore, Senior Minister of State Amy Khor announced yesterday, Mar 6.
Consumers will be able to recycle their e-waste by dropping them off at collection points, which will be located within retail stores. Retailers will also provide take-back services to pick up the e-waste from customers.
The measure is to ensure that electrical and electronic products are disposed of in an environmentally-friendly way. In the process, useful materials can also be safely recovered.
Dr Kor added that the authorities will study existing practices in other countries to design a “cost-effective system”.
“By aggregating e-waste and enabling more efficient collection and processing, there will be greater value captured from e-waste, which is one of the more valuable waste streams. This will help offset the cost of operating the e-waste management system,” she said.