In Singapore, there are broadly 2 types of electronic waste: regulated and non-regulated.
The difference between regulated and non-regulated e-waste isn't intuitive. And, in an effort to “do the right thing” many people end up putting their e-waste in the wrong place. This is NOT laziness. People who wrongly put things in an e-waste bins are trying to recycle right. But it can be confusing.
Let's stop shaming people and start educating them.
So what's the difference?
This category is defined in Singapore's Resource Sustainability Act to include the following:
- IT and Communication equipment (Printer, Computer, Desktop Monitor, Laptop, Tablet, Router, Modem, Wireless Access Point, Set-top Box, Switches, Network Hub, Mobile Telephone, IT peripherals)
- Large Household appliances (Refrigerator, Air-conditioner, Television, Washing Machine Dryer)
- Electric Mobility Devices (Personal Mobility Devices, Electric Mobility Scooter, Power Assisted Bicycle)
- Batteries (Household batteries, Power banks, Industrial Battery ,Electric/Hybrid Vehicle Battery)
- Bulbs aka Lamps (LED / Fluorescent / Incandescent Bulbs and Tubes)
Sellers of these items are obliged to take them back under the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Scheme for E-Waste. They may also be passed on to Alba through their many e-waste collection channels.
Refer to Alba's website for more info and contact them if you have any questions about what they take. This document goes into more detail about regulated e-Waste.
This includes all other electronic devices.
- Small appliances and electronics
- Game console, keyboard and mouse, docking stations, remote control
- Telephone (home, office), calculator, clocks, CCTV
- Power supply, wires, cables, chargers, torch light
- Audio equipment (sound systems: amplifier, speaker, woofer, sound bar)
- Headphones, earbuds, air-pods, camera, projector, Bluetooth speaker
- Thumb drive, portable hard disk, PCB board, SD cards
- Rice cooker, electric kettle, hair dryer and straightener, air fryer
- Fan, vacuum cleaner
- Small medical equipment (blood pressure monitor, blood glucose monitor)
These cannot be recycled through the Alba channels.
For these, look for non-regulated e-waste bins, send to Cash for Trash or give to your Karung Guni.