E-waste is electrical and electronic equipment of any kind that has been discarded. This includes practically anything powered by an electrical source (e.g. from a power socket or a battery).

Common types of e-waste

Common types of e-waste include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Desktop, laptop and tablet computers, mobile phones, computer and mobile phone batteries, printers, peripherals and accessories such as keyboards, modems, monitors, computer mice, docking stations, hard disk drives, battery chargers, telephones, DVD players, cables and wires, etc.
  • Items that cannot be recycled include, but are not limited to, the following: Hazardous materials or liquids, ink and toner cartridges, alkaline batteries, etc.

Why recycle e-waste?

Rapid changes in technology and shorter product life-cycles have resulted in a fast-growing surplus of electronic waste around the globe. According to the National Environment Agency, Singapore produces about 60,000 tonnes of electronic waste every year.

  • Recycling e-waste protects human and environmental health. Improper disposal of e-waste leads to environmental pollution and this may in turn harm human health. The best way to treat e-waste is to recycle it properly.
  • Recycling e-waste helps to conserve our earth’s precious natural resources. Recycled material is used to make new products. This reduces the need to mine virgin raw materials from the earth, which are limited in supply.

What does StarHub do to reduce e-waste?

The StarHub RENEW programme is the most extensive and accessible network of e-waste recycling bins around Singapore, with 405 bins across 360 locations as of March 2018. Recognising an absence of e-waste recycling avenues for consumers, StarHub launched the RENEW programme during Earth Hour in 2012.

In 2014, the programme expanded to include logistics partner DHL. In this collaborative consumer-driven environmental effort, StarHub provides the bins to interested locations; while DHL manages the collection and transportation of the e-waste from RENEW bins to TES-AMM’s e-waste recycling facility. Since its launch, more than 201 tonnes of e-waste have been collected.

What can YOU do?

  • Recycle your e-waste. Check out this link for ideas on how and where you can recycle unwanted electronic gadgets.
  • Learn more about e-waste recycling here.
  • Take part in the annual E-Waste Challenge, part of SGA 2020!