Did you know that over 467 million PET bottles are used in Singapore each year? That’s the size of 94 Olympic-sized swimming pools!

Consumption is still high as most drinking water is available in PET plastic packaging. According to SEC’s study on plastic consumption in Singapore, only up to 37% of the sample population are actively recycling PET bottles.

Most clear bottles have this symbol which indicates that it is made of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) material.

PET bottles are 100% recyclable as it can be recycled to make new products, such as fabric for clothes and even into new PET bottles. To recycle PET bottles, all it takes is 3 easy steps – Rinse, dry & recycle!

In collaboration with Coca-Cola and SembWaste, SEC launched the One Less Plastic Campaign, a community outreach initiative that aims to make an impact on students to effect PET bottles recycling habits. The campaign consist of two contests, a Recycling Bin Design contest and PET Bottles Collection contest.

Recycling Bin Design Contest

  • The selected schools will be provided a 120L recycling bin to design on and given $200 to purchase decorative materials.
  • Commencement date: 8 October 2019
  • Closing date: 1 November 2019
  • Five winners with the best and most creative designs will receive an award at the SEC-StarHub School Green Awards 2019 on 12 November 2019. Winning schools will also receive $1000 each to further their school’s green initiatives.
  • Submit up to 5 pictures of the designed bin
  • A write up explaining students’ design with no more than 200 words

*Registration has closed. Thank you for your participation!


Judging Details
Criteria Description
1. Creativity/Originality Is the design creative and original?
2. Clarity of PET bottles recycling message Is the message clear and easily understandable?
3. Impact Is the design eye-catching and memorable?


PET Bottles Collection Contest

  • A 660L recycling bin will be provided to participating schools for the collection of PET bottles.
  • Prize: A 3D2N trip to Malaysia for an exclusive peek into Coca-Cola’s bottling plant and experience first-hand how the issues of marine debris impact the coastal community on Pulau Ketam.
  • Participating schools will collect PET bottles from November to the 4th of February 2020
  • There will be penalties for the following
    • If there is any food or liquid waste found in the collection
    • If there are any non-PET bottle materials found in the collection
  • There will be 2 scheduled collections in January 2020.
    • First Collection: Week starting the 13th of January 2020
    • Second Collection: Week starting the 5th of February 2020
  • Schools may request for additional collections starting the week of 19th November 2019 subject to the collection schedule


Teachers’ Workshop

Come join us at the workshop to find out more about the contest. Gain insights from environmental experts from leading organisations such as Coca-Cola and SembWaste as they share more about their sustainability efforts!

Date: 24 October 2019
Time: 3-5pm
Venue: Coca-Cola office @ Keppel Bay Tower, 1 Harbourfront Avenue #04-04/07 Singapore 098632

*The workshop registration is closed. Thank you for participating.
For any queries or clarifications, please email design.contest@sec.org.sg or call 6433 5391


•  Course fee of S$4501 payable per eligible participant is only applicable for up to 3 participants per business entity registered and operating in Singapore, with a minimum of 30% local shareholding.

•  Participants must be nominated by their company as the company’s representatives for participation in this series of Sustainability Courses2.

•  Each individual will only be supported to participate in these sustainability courses once.

•  Company is liable to make full payment for the course fees if the company or participants are found to be ineligible or fail to complete the course.


1 GST for the original course fee is payable
2 The first series of Enterprise Sustainability Programme – Sustainability Courses is offered by Singapore Environment Council, Global Compact Network Singapore, and PwC Singapore. You may refer here for the list of courses under the series.