Singapore’s first nationwide electrical and electronic waste (e-waste) management system will start on 1 July 2021. The new system will make it more convenient for consumers to recycle their e-waste, while ensuring e-waste is managed effectively, efficiently and in an environmentally sustainable manner. The system comes as a result of NEA’s extensive industry consultation [1] since 2015 to co-develop a regulated e-waste management system for Singapore.

E-waste is one of the priority waste streams identified under Singapore’s Zero Waste Masterplan. The e-waste management system ensures that e-waste is properly treated in order to protect the environment and public health, while valuable resources are recovered. The system is part of the circular economy approach that Singapore is adopting in our move towards being a Zero Waste Nation.

Singapore’s Approach to Managing E-Waste

The e-waste management system is based on the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) approach, where producers are responsible for managing the end-of-life disposal of electrical and electronic products that they supply to the Singapore market. Regulated products comprise ICT equipment, large appliances, light bulbs and tubes, batteries, and solar photovoltaic panels.

Producers that supply regulated products to consumers in quantities that exceed the prescribed supply thresholds [2] are required to join and finance the Producer Responsibility Scheme. NEA has licensed ALBA E-Waste Smart Recycling [3]  to operate the Producer Responsibility Scheme (PRS) to perform the collection and proper treatment of regulated e-waste on behalf of Producers. Producers that supply regulated products for industrial and commercial use will collect end-of-life products from their clients at no additional charge, and send the products for proper treatment and recycling.

Retailers also play an important role in the management of e-waste. Under the Resource Sustainability Act (RSA) [4], retailers that operate outlets with a floor space of 300mor more will set up in-store collection services for the types of consumer electrical and electronic products they sell. These collection services can be in the form of over-the-counter services or e-waste recycling bins. These retailers will also offer their customers free take-back services for discarded products of the same type on a one-for-one basis. The discarded products are to be picked up upon delivery of new products, regardless of brand and where the product was purchased.

Multiple Avenues for Public to Recycle E-Waste

6               From 1 July 2021, the public can recycle regulated e-waste [5] comprising ICT equipment, large appliances, light bulbs and tubes and batteries, through multiple collection avenues. These avenues [6] include:

i)               More than 300 e-waste recycling bins at various public locations

ii)              Quarterly collection drives at residential estates

iii)             Bulky item disposal services provided by Town Councils for large household appliances

iv)             Free one-for-one take-back of discarded end-of-life products of the same type provided by retailers upon delivery of a new product

v)              Over-the-counter collection services provided by retailers at some of their outlets

vi)             On demand (chargeable) doorstep collection services provided by ALBA E-Waste

vii)           Drop off at ALBA E-Waste depot at 20 Tuas Loop, Singapore 637350

7               ALBA E-Waste will collect the e-waste from these avenues and channel it to licensed e-waste recyclers. These e-waste recyclers will ensure that all data stored on data-containing devices are permanently erased or destroyed before the device is prepared for reuse or recycled.

Update on the Soft Launch of the E-Waste Recycling Bins

On 4 June 2021, NEA and ALBA E-Waste jointly announced [7] the soft launch of e-waste recycling bins at nine selected Dairy Farm Group and Harvey Norman outlets. As of 29 June 2021, more than a tonne of e-waste has been collected, comprising mainly printers, mobile phones, light bulbs and personal computers. This response to the e-waste recycling bins is promising, and the public can look forward to even more bins being deployed across publicly accessible areas including town centres, shopping malls, government buildings, Residents’ Committee Centres, community centres, supermarkets and retail outlets.

Reducing E-waste Generation

It is estimated that Singapore generates around 60,000 tonnes of e-waste each year. While the new e-waste management system will ensure the proper treatment of e-waste, each of us can play our part in reducing the amount of e-waste generated at the onset. We can help reduce e-waste by carefully considering the need to purchase new products, by repairing our products and choosing second-hand products over new products. We can also donate devices that are in good, working condition to those in need. If the electrical and electronic equipment cannot be reused or repaired, we should ensure that our e-waste is sent for proper treatment and recycling via the channels set up and not discarded as general waste.

Organisations which utilise ICT equipment in their daily operations should also consider adopting SS 587, the Singapore Standard for the management of end-of-life ICT equipment, which guides organisations in formulating and implementing a corporate environmental policy to manage end-of-life ICT equipment in an environmentally sustainable manner.

For more information about the e-waste management system, please refer to Annex D or visit https://go.gov.sg/e-waste and www.alba-ewaste.sg. An infographic about the kinds of e-waste that can be recycled under the e-waste management system, and the avenues for recycling can be found in Annex E.

 


[1] Feedback gathered through focus group discussions, industry consultation sessions and conferences with stakeholders across the e-waste management chain was considered in the development of the system.

[2] Refer to Annex A for the supply thresholds.

[3] Refer to this link for more information on the appointment of ALBA E-Waste as NEA’s PRS Operator.

[4] Refer to this link for more information about the RSA.

[5] Refer to Annex B for the list of electrical and electronic products regulated under the system.

[6] Refer to Annex C for more information about the collection avenues.

[7] Refer to this link for the joint media release on the soft launch of the e-waste recycling bins.

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ANNEX A

Supply Thresholds for Producers of Electrical and Electronic Equipment

 

Product Class

Product Type

Supply Threshold [8]

ICT Equipment

Printers

10 tonnes

Desktop Computers

Laptops

Desktop monitors

Servers

Wireless Access Points

Mobile Phones

Modems

0.2 tonnes (200kg)

Set-top boxes

0.9 tonnes (900kg)

Network Hubs

1 tonne

Routers

8 tonnes

Switches

2.5 tonnes

Large Appliances

Refrigerators

100 tonnes

Air-conditioners

Washing Machines

Dryers

Televisions

Electric Mobility Devices / Power Assisted Bicycles / Electric Mobility Scooters

0 tonnes

All producers of electric mobility devices will need to finance the PRS Operator.

Lamps

Consumer Lamps

3 tonnes

Batteries

Portable

3 tonnes

Industrial Batteries

All producers of industrial batteries will need to offer free take-back of all of their end-of-life equipment from their clients upon request.

Hybrid Vehicle Batteries / Electric Vehicle Batteries

5 tonnes

Solar PV Panels

All Types

All producers of solar PV panels will need to offer free take-back of all their end-of-life equipment from their clients upon request.


ANNEX B

Regulated E-waste Under the EPR Scheme

 

Product Category

Product Type [9]

ICT Equipment

Printers

Desktop Computers

Laptops

Desktop monitors

Servers

Routers

Modems

Wireless Access Points

Set-top boxes

Network Hubs

Mobile Phones

Switches

Large Appliances

Refrigerators

Air-conditioners

Washing Machines

Dryers

Televisions

Electric Mobility Devices / Power Assisted Bicycles / Electric Mobility Scooters

Light Bulbs & Tubes

Incandescent, LED and Fluorescent types

Batteries

Portable Batteries (household and li-ion)

Industrial Batteries

Hybrid Vehicle Batteries

Electric Vehicle Batteries

 

ANNEX C

Collection Avenues to Recycle E-Waste

From 1 July 2021, the public can use the avenues listed below to deposit their regulated e-waste for recycling:

 

E-Waste Recycling Bins ALBA E-Waste Smart Recycling will deploy over 300 e-waste recycling bins across Singapore in public areas such as town centres, shopping malls, government buildings, Residents’ Committee Centres, community centres, supermarkets and large electronic retailers . These bins will replace receptacles from existing voluntary recycling programmes led by various industry organisations.
Quarterly Collection Drives ALBA E-Waste is collaborating with 17 town councils to organise quarterly collection drives on the weekends across multiple locations.
Retailer 1-for-1 Take-back Retailers will offer their customers free take back services for discarded end-of-life products of the same type on a one-for-one basis. The discarded products are to be picked up upon delivery of new products, regardless of the brand and where the products were originally purchased from.
Retailer Over the Counter Drop-Off and E-waste Bins Retailers that operate outlets with a floor space of 300mor more will offer to customers in-store e-waste disposal services for electrical and electronic products corresponding to the same type of electrical and electronic products sold in the outlet. The service will come either in the form of a manned over-the-counter collection service or an e-waste bin.
Bulky Item Removal Service (Town Council)

 

Residents in HDBs can use the bulky item removal service offered by Town Councils. Residents can dispose of up to three bulky items of per month free-of-charge, including bulky e-waste. Charges will apply for additional items disposed of. ALBA E-Waste will coordinate the collection of the bulky e-waste with the Town Councils.
On-Demand Door-Step Collection Service

(for a fee)

The public can arrange for doorstep collection services provided by ALBA E-Waste for a fee by using the STEP UP Sustainability mobile app or through ALBA E-Waste’s website at www.alba-ewaste.sg
Depot Drop off The public can also drop off their e-waste for free at ALBA E-Waste’s depot located at 20 Tuas Loop, Singapore 637350.

 

More information about the collection avenues including locations, schedules and fees can be found at ALBA E-Waste’s webpage (www.alba-ewaste.sg), ALBA E-Waste’s STEP UP Sustainability mobile app, or NEA’s webpage (go.gov.sg/e-waste).

The public can continue to recycle their unregulated e-waste through the Cash-for-Trash programmes offered by public waste collectors or through voluntary industry-led programmes. Refer to https://www.nea.gov.sg/our-services/waste-management/3r-programmes-and-resources/e-waste-management/where-to-recycle-e-waste for more information.

 


[8] A producer will need to join and finance the PRS over compliance year 2021 (Jul 2021 – Jun 2022) if the weight of regulated products supplied in Singapore over the calendar year preceding the compliance year (Jan 2020 – Dec 2020) exceeds one or more of the supply thresholds set in Annex B.

A producer will need to join and finance the PRS over compliance year 2022 (Jul 2022 – Jun 2023) if the average weight of regulated products supplied in Singapore over the last two calendar years preceding the compliance year (2020 and 2021) exceeds one or more of the supply thresholds set in Annex B.

For compliance year 2023 and beyond, a producer will need to join and finance the PRS over the compliance year if the average weight of regulated products supplied in Singapore over the last three calendar years preceding the compliance year exceeds one or more of the supply thresholds set in Annex B.

[9] Refer to the Resource Sustainability (Prescribed Regulated Products) Regulations 2019 for the legal definitions of the regulated consumer products listed.

ANNEX D

Infographic on the E-waste EPR Scheme

Annex D - Infographic on the E-waste EPR Scheme

 

ANNEX E

Infographic on E-Waste Recycling Under the EPR Scheme

Annex E - Infographic on E-Waste Recycling Under the EPR Scheme

 

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