The Simple Act of Recycling

Do you know that old or faulty refrigerators, washing machines and desktop computers can be given a new lease of life, if properly disposed of and recycled?

A NEA survey revealed that 60% of consumers are uncertain or do not know how to recycle them. Yet Singaporeans generate around 60,000 tonnes of e-waste yearly. If not managed well, this could cause harm to our health and the environment in the long run.

To help tackle this, Singapore Environment Council (SEC) and StarHub believe that the young generation too, has a crucial role in driving behavioural and mindset change. The SEC-StarHub E-Waste Challenge is thus created to mobilise youth to generate awareness and take concrete action to minimise e-waste.

E-Waste Challenge 2020

STEP 1: Help your peers and family understand the importance of e-waste recycling. 

Get creative to encourage the simple act of recycling! When e-waste is disposed of and incinerated, it results in the loss of resources as well as carbon emissions that contribute to global warming and climate change. Recycling also allows for materials such as gold, silver, copper and  plastics to be recovered and made into new products!

STEP 2: Garner Support to Collect the Most Amount of E-Waste. 

Schools are encouraged to conduct a recycling drive within your school population and their extended families. 

Terms and Conditions:

  • Registration to participate in the E-Waste Challenge closes on 18 September 2020, 5pm.
  • Collection will run till 16 October 2020.
  • Schools currently participating in SGA are eligible to participate.
  • Each school can only enter the competition once.
  • Schools are encouraged to opt for this initiative and submit details (with supporting documents) under Part B of their SEC-StarHub School Green Awards application.’E-Waste related projects will likely fall under the “One Less” category. For more information of each of the categories, visit the GreenDNA page.


Collection of E-Waste

1. Schools that are equipped with StarHub’s RENEW bins

  • Arrange for collection by calling the hotline at the sides of the bin (6635 3639) whenever your bin is full. As per RENEW’s guidelines, the notice period for collection is five working days.
  • We will only calculate the e-waste collection amount from 1 July – 16 October for the E-Waste Challenge. This is to ensure fairness among all competing schools.
  • Note: StarHub has stopped the deployment of the RENEW bin to schools.

Schools without a RENEW bin can either:

2. E-waste collection for free by DHL for delivery to TES-AMM Singapore Pte Ltd (i.e. TES)

  • Please indicate your collection option in your registration. We will notify teachers about the collection at a later date, at which we will ask schools to send in an estimate of the weight of the e-waste collected.
  • Slots are limited and will be assigned based on the region of the schools, teachers will not be able to choose a preferred date. Collection times are between 9am to 12pm, and 1pm to 5pm. For bulky e-waste items, teachers may contact TES at 1800-8-837-266 for a toll-free consultation. TES may charge a collection fee.
  • Collection will begin after 16 October

3. Deliver e-waste collected to TES (9 Benoi Sector, Singapore (629844) after 16 October 2020

  • Collection times are between 9am to 12pm, and 1pm to 5pm. For bulky e-waste items, you may contact TES at 1800-8-837-266 for a toll-free consultation. Please note that TES may charge a collection fee.


1. What are the requirements for E-Waste Challenge collection?

  • We do not have a minimum criteria for the collection weight. Bulky items will not be accepted. If you do not have a RENEW bin, you may keep the collected e-waste at a safe area in your school. DHL will be using their own bags during the collection so no bags are required for the collection.

2. Is it compulsory section for SGA?

  • While the E-Waste Challenge is a voluntary challenge part of SGA, we highly encourage schools to participate in the E-Waste Challenge to garner more support for recycling old and use electronic items. 


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