RENEW (REcycling Nation’s Electronic Waste)
E-waste contains toxic substances and its improper disposal can lead to serious pollution and health problems. Rapid changes in technology, shorter life-cycles before a product is obsolete, changes in media (tapes, software, MP3) and falling prices have resulted in a fast-growing surplus of electronic waste around the globe. Yet there are very few avenues for individual consumers to recycle their e-waste.
That is why in 2012, as a corporate citizen that is firmly committed to environmental sustainability and a provider of electronic services and products, StarHub initiated a massive consumer-oriented environmental programme, to provide consumers with avenues to responsibly dispose of their electronic products. We partnered with home-grown e-waste recycler TES-AMM to launch the StarHub E-Waste Recycling Programme on 31 March 2012, Earth Hour.
The five bins, located at our Customer Service Centres and one other location in town, collected over one tonne of e-waste within five months. Buoyed by the success and with the aim of making e-waste more convenient by providing more locations of recycling, StarHub increased the number of e-waste recycling bin sites in August 2012 to include condominiums and schools around Singapore, a Community Club and even the Environment Building. In August 2014, there were 30 bin locations island-wide, but more could be done.
MOU signed between DHL, StarHub and TES-AMM
DHL, StarHub and TES-AMM all believe in being environmentally responsible corporate citizens. In line with the Singaporean Government’s People-Public-Private approach to tackling environmental issues, the three organisations decided to join forces, with the support of the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources and National Environment Agency, to provide even more opportunities for the public to recycle their e-waste.
On 16 September 2014, an MOU was signed between DHL, StarHub and TES-AMM to expand the programme as RENEW, short for REcycling Nation’s Electronic Waste. The MOU signing was witnessed by Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, at The Environment Building.
StarHub sources for locations interested in having a RENEW bin, and engages a supplier to produce and provide bins to these locations. DHL manages the logistics of collecting and delivering the e-waste from all the bins to TES-AMM’s e-waste recycling facility. TES-AMM then recycles the e-waste. To date, over 14.8 tonnes of electronic waste have been collected for recycling.
You can recycle almost any electronic product in the RENEW bins. You do not have to be a DHL, StarHub or TES-AMM customer or even have purchased the product from StarHub. However, all recycled items must be able to fit through the bin's 470mm x 120mm slot.
Here are some items you can recycle in the RENEW bins: answering machines, cables, car stereos, computer mice, CDs/ DVDs, docking stations, CD/ DVD/ VCD players, electronic toys, hard drives, keyboards, laptops, lithium-ion (Li-on) batteries, mobile phones, modems, MP3 players, printed circuit boards, printers, remote controls, routers, set-top boxes, telephones, VCRs and wires.
So, join us in this movement and recycle your old electronics at one of the RENEW bins near you.
Q1. What is RENEW?
A1. RENEW stands for REcycling Nation's Electronic Waste. It is a collaborative consumer-driven environmental effort between DHL, StarHub and TES-AMM to help individuals in Singapore responsibly dispose of their electronic waste (e-waste). RENEW was formerly known as the StarHub E-Waste Recycling Programme since it began on 31 March 2012 till DHL was brought on board as the official logistics provider on 16 September 2014.
Q2. What was the StarHub E-Waste Recycling Programme?
A2. The StarHub E-Waste Recycling Programme was StarHub's Earth Hour effort in 2012. As a provider of electronic products and e-services, StarHub had felt that providing their consumers with an avenue to ensure the safe, proper and productive disposal of these products after their product life cycle has ended was important too. So they provided five bins for the public to recycle their e-waste. Homegrown e-waste recycling company TES-AMM then collected and recycled the e-waste.
Q3. What is e-waste?
A3. E-Waste is short for electronic waste. This refers to discarded electrical and electronic items such as wires, mobile phones, computers, batteries, etc. It is also called e-scrap and Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE).
Q4. Why should we recycle e-waste?
A4. Rapid changes in technology, shorter life-cycles before a product is obsolete, changes in media (tapes, software, MP3) and falling prices have resulted in a fast-growing surplus of electronic waste around the globe According to the National Environment Agency (NEA), Singapore produces about 60,000 tonnes of electronic waste every year; about half from households and half from industrial sources. According to the International Environmental Technology Center of the United Nations Environment Program, only about 20% of discarded electronics worldwide are recycled. Electrical waste contains valuable and scarce but also highly hazardous materials. These hazardous materials include mercury, sulphur and cadmium. The release of such poisonous materials into the environment poses many pollution and health problems.
Q5. Why is DHL, StarHub and TES-AMM providing the RENEW Programme?
A5. DHL, StarHub and TES-AMM believe in being environmentally responsible corporate citizens. In line with the Singaporean Government's People-Public-Private approach to tackling environmental issues, the three partners decided to join forces, with the support of the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources and National Environment Agency, to provide opportunities for the public to recycle their e-waste.
Q6. What are the partners' respective involvement for RENEW?
A6. StarHub engages a supplier to produce and provide the bins to interested locations. DHL manages the logistics of collecting and delivering the e-waste from all the bins to TES-AMM's e-waste recycling facility. TES-AMM then recycles the e-waste.
Q7. What constitutes e-waste?
|All Metals||Answering Machines||Batteries||Capacitors|
|Car Stereos||Computers||Computer Mouse||Docking Stations|
|DVD Players||Fax Machines||Hard Drives||ICs|
|Keyboards||Laptops||Lithium-ion Batteries||Mobile Phones|
|Modems||Monitors||MP3 Players||Networking Equipment|
|Printed Circuit Boards||Printers||Remote Controls||Resistors|
|Typewriters||VCRs||Wire||And many others…|
Please note that the above list is NOT exhaustive.
Q8. What about household appliances?
A8. Although these are electrical and/or electronic products, household appliances are labeled as "white goods" and these require a different disposal method from what TES-AMM offers.
Q9. What are “white goods”?
A9. In this case, they refer to household appliances, such as refrigerators and ovens, which used to be finished in white but are now often in other colours. However, the label remains.
Q10. What can be recycled/ deposited in the RENEW Bins?
|Answering machines||Cables||Car stereos||Computer Mice|
|CDs/ DVDs||Docking stations||DVD players||Electronic Toys|
|Hard drives||Keyboards||Laptops||Lithium-ion (Li-on) batteries|
|Mobile phones||Modems||MP3 players||Printed circuit boards|
|Printers||Remote controls||Routers||Set-top Boxes|
However, the items must be able to fit through the 470mm x 120mm slot of the RENEW Bins.
Q11. What if I have products that are too large for disposal in the RENEW Bins?
A11. We regret that we are unable to accept your bulky e-waste deposit if it does not fit into the slot of our E-waste Recycling Bin. Please call 1800 8 TES-AMM (1800-8-837-266) for your toll-free consultation on how to otherwise recycle your electronics in Singapore.
Q12. Can I get the partners to collect my e-waste from my own location?
A12. We regret that e-waste will not be collected from private individuals' locations. All e-waste has to be deposited into the RENEW Bins.
Q13. What happens to the e-waste after I deposit it into the RENEW Bin? Or, how is e-waste recycled?
A13. All electronic waste is delivered by DHL, the Official Logistics Partner, to TES-AMM, the Official Recycling Provider. There, the e-waste product is first manually dismantled into smaller components. These are then fed into a shredder or shredders that break these components down into increasingly smaller pieces. The metals are extracted and separated from the plastics and these are all melted down into bars or pellets for other uses.
Q14. Will anyone besides DHL be able to retrieve my item after I have deposited it?
A14. RENEW Bins come with hinged latches which will be locked by the location owner. These bins will only be unlocked for DHL's collection. The box has an internal design to prevent theft of items through the slot.
Q15. What will I get for recycling my e-waste with RENEW?
A15. DHL, StarHub and TES-AMM are providing this e-waste recycling service for responsible citizens to play their part in protecting the environment from harmful e-waste. This service is provided for free. Hence, DHL, StarHub and TES-AMM will not be giving anything in return for e-waste deposited in RENEW Bins.
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