Transforming trash into gold, and gold into loving hearts
Every third Sunday of the month is Tzu Chi Environmental Sustainability Day. In more than 30 neighbourhoods across the island, Tzu Chi has garnered the support of various Residents’ Committees, to transform the void decks of HDB blocks, communal pavilions, activity areas, etc. into temporary eco points. Residents living nearby are invited to bring their recyclable items for sorting and recycling on Environmental Sustainability Day. They are also encouraged to bring their children along to learn about environmental protection.
Under the guidance of dedicated volunteers, each Tzu Chi Environmental Sustainability Day is a community activity that promotes kinship and good neighbourliness. Besides doing sorting work hands-on, the volunteers also share knowledge about environmental protection in a warm and friendly atmosphere. After completing the half-day task of sorting the recyclables according to their material, everyone will work together to clean up each venue and restore the venue to its original clean state. Proceeds from the sale of all recyclables are then used to support Tzu Chi's programmes and services that benefit our local communities.
While doing sorting work, the volunteers become more aware of the wasteful habits of a consumerist culture. The experience inspires them to reflect on their own lives, and they start living a less wasteful lifestyle and curbing unnecessary consumption, thereby reducing the amount of trash generated.
Master Cheng Yen describes the Environmental Protection Volunteer as “Grassroots Bodhi”, akin to the roots of grasses that protect the soil and water. When every household carries out green practices, we can protect and save our planet.
Sorting of Recyclables
The recyclables in Tzu Chi’s Eco Points are sorted into the following categories to help reduce the burden of the recycling merchants in handling the recyclables and also increase the sales value of the materials:
- Paper: waste paper, envelope, book, newspaper, magazine, cardboard, carton box
- Aluminium: aluminium can
- Metals: metal can
- Hardware: copper, bronze, stainless steel, metal parts
- Electrical appliances (Non-regulated items): electrical fan, rice cooker, DVD player, microwave, camera, vacuum cleaner, soundbar, blender
- Clothing: shirt, pants, belt, handbag, shoes, backpack
- Glass: glass bottle, container
Please note that the following items are not collected at our eco points:
All plastic items, Polystyrene foam, PVC material, rubber container, furniture, wood product, pottery, aquarium, mirror, pillow, diaper, undergarment, socks
We seek your cooperation in doing some preliminary sorting at home. If the items have been contaminated by oil stains, food residues, etc., kindly clean them at home before sending them for recycling. In this way, we can prevent cross-contamination with other recyclables, while also safeguard the volunteers doing the sorting work.
*We do not provide collection of recyclables from homes and offices.
*All collected recyclables are sold to recycling companies.
Tzu Chi Environmental Sustainability Day (Monthly)
Every 3rd Sunday of the month, 9am – 12pm
Community Eco Points Island-wide
Ang Mo Kio
Blk 322 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3, S560322
Ang Mo Kio
Blk 541 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10, S560541
Ang Mo Kio
Blk 624 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 4, S560624
Blk 185 Bukit Batok West Avenue 6, S650185
Blk 268 Bukit Batok East Avenue 4, S650268
Blk 369 Bukit Batok Street 31, S650369
Blk 109 Jalan Bukit Merah, S160109
Blk 150 Petir Road, S670150
Blk 440 Fajar Road, S670440
Choa Chu Kang
Blk 474 Choa Chu Kang Avenue 3, S680474
Choa Chu Kang
Blk 621 Choa Chu Kang Street 62, S680621
Blk 7A Ghim Moh Road, S270007
Blk 229 Jurong East Street 21, S600229
Blk 258 Jurong East Street 24, S600258
Blk 510 Jurong West Street 52, S640510
Blk 931 Jurong West Street 92, S640931
Blk 34 Marine Crescent, S440034
Blk 76 Marine Drive, S44007
Blk 429 Pasir Ris Drive 6, S510429
Blk 601 Elias Road, S510601
Blk 241 Serangoon Avenue 3, S550241
Blk 331 Tampines St 32, S520331
Blk 682B Woodlands Drive 62, S732682
Yishun (Tzu Chi Humanistic Youth Centre)
30A Yishun Central 1, S768796
The collection is held every 3rd Sunday of the month, 9am – 12pm
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