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Postby keepitreal » Thu, 03 Apr 2008 8:54 am

Why is it that when you go into the supermarket to pick up a loaf of bread, carton of milk and eggs you get all 3 items put into 3 different carrier bags? It's a bit harsh on the environment, don't you think?

Also, has anyone wondered why Singapore is so clean? It's because everything get's thrown in the same bin and sent to a landfill in Malaysia.

My block does have recycling facilities however. One wheely bin for 170 units so at least they are starting to make an effort!

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Postby sierra2469alpha » Thu, 03 Apr 2008 9:27 am

Even when we take our cloth bags they still try to bag everything up in plastic then try to put those in our cloith bags!!!

You gotta laugh!!

A couple of the ladies at our local Cold Storage now know us hand each item to us so we can pack them ourselves.

In terms of recycling - we're in a brand new building and we have NO recyclying bins anywhere - just the garbage shute :?

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Postby Jeppo » Thu, 03 Apr 2008 10:04 am

sierra2469alpha wrote:In terms of recycling - we're in a brand new building and we have NO recyclying bins anywhere - just the garbage shute :?


Check with your management/neighbours. Some places have a certain day of the week where you can leave your recycling outside your door and it will be picked up.

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Postby durain » Thu, 03 Apr 2008 2:23 pm

they love to double bag you. whenever i buy carton of milk, they would double bag me. i had to tell them to stop but they just look puzzle as to why i dont want it double. i mean, the bags are still strong enough for 3-5 cartons!

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Postby sierra2469alpha » Thu, 03 Apr 2008 2:25 pm

Jeppo wrote:Check with your management/neighbours. Some places have a certain day of the week where you can leave your recycling outside your door and it will be picked up.


Yep, have done - and no, no recycling. An abundance of building materials however!

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Postby Loops » Thu, 03 Apr 2008 4:59 pm

There was something in the news the other day about how they're hoping to have every condo recycling in the not too distant future (can't remember the exact timescale).

I usually take my collection of cloth bags when I go out shopping, but apart from 'bring your own bag Wednesday' it seems to really confuse the shop assistants for some reason!

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Thu, 03 Apr 2008 6:36 pm

Frankly, I'm not sure why there is such a big hoohaa over the plastic bags. As 94% of the population lives in HDB flats, and the only way to dispose of your garbage in down the chutes, how do you toss it out? Just raw garbage in the chute? No, of course not. You bag it. Surprisingly, the supermarket bags are the same size to allow bagging and tying and tossing down the little chute in every HDB kitchen on the island.

If nobody took the bags from the supermarkets, they they would have to go out and buy bags to dispose of their garbage. That's not to economical is it?

So, does anybody have a good idea how to dispose of garbage for the 94% who don't have landed property? Recycling is another matter altogether. We do our part and a large number of estates have bins for certain things like glass, plastic bottles and so forth but not general garbage. I'm open to ideas on how to eliminate the need for garbage bags........

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Postby yoongf » Thu, 03 Apr 2008 9:23 pm

durain wrote:they love to double bag you. whenever i buy carton of milk, they would double bag me. i had to tell them to stop but they just look puzzle as to why i dont want it double. i mean, the bags are still strong enough for 3-5 cartons!


Getting home using public transport without double bagging may not be such a good idea.

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Postby durain » Thu, 03 Apr 2008 10:49 pm

yoongf wrote:
durain wrote:they love to double bag you. whenever i buy carton of milk, they would double bag me. i had to tell them to stop but they just look puzzle as to why i dont want it double. i mean, the bags are still strong enough for 3-5 cartons!


Getting home using public transport without double bagging may not be such a good idea.


it will hold.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Thu, 03 Apr 2008 10:56 pm

Not if it carrying a D24 it won't. Nor overstuffed with canned goods (normally around 10 cans will rip a standard NTUC bag if single bagging). yoongf, I have to agree with you on that one as well.

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Postby durain » Thu, 03 Apr 2008 11:09 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote:Not if it carrying a D24 it won't. Nor overstuffed with canned goods (normally around 10 cans will rip a standard NTUC bag if single bagging). yoongf, I have to agree with you on that one as well.


no la, can hold one la. just dont giggy-giggy the bags too much. :P

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Postby Loops » Thu, 03 Apr 2008 11:44 pm

Surprisingly, the supermarket bags are the same size to allow bagging and tying and tossing down the little chute in every HDB kitchen on the island.


true, and supermarket bags fit nicely in my kitchen bin too. What I do is use my own cloth bags most of the time but every couple of weeks I'll go without and the amount of bags the supermarket give me then will last as rubbish bags for a few weeks, so you can have the best of both worlds without having one of those 'dangerous' cupboards which explode plastic bags every time you open the door of it 8-)

I think they should ban useless sized plastic bags but leave the supermarket ones for now because you can re-use the supermarket ones. Bags smaller than supermarket size should be made out of paper (recycled of course :wink: ). Perhaps that would make a difference.

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Postby Global Citizen » Fri, 04 Apr 2008 12:31 am

SMS, I believe this topic has come up before and I'm with you on this.

By reusing the bags, you're recycling them. Get it, people?
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Postby markhed » Fri, 04 Apr 2008 8:47 am

About 5 years ago in Ireland they introduced a tax on plastic bags, you have to buy them if you want to use them. They increased that tax this year again. No one uses plastic bags now.

Simple as that.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Fri, 04 Apr 2008 3:52 pm

Marked,

Do 94% of the Irish population live in highrise public housing with 12"x15" garbage chutes as the only method of disposing of garbage (you also don't find garbage disposal grinders in the kitchen sinks here either). Or is the population not quite as dense there so allows for other methods of disposal.

If you don't give out free shopping bags, then the population will just go buy them. Why not recycle them. The danger to the environment I am sensitive to as well, but that is not the way to change the problem. Come down on litterbugs harder if you have to - jail 'em for a while. After all, this is a FINE city! :P


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