Eau2011 wrote: paulzheng wrote: Eau2011 wrote:
I came to Singapore two weeks ago from Germany. Yes a newbie.
Went to supermarket Giant a few times and saw they used so many plastic bags for carrying the goods. The same with bakery and other shops.
I can't keep thinking all the time how they do with the recycling. Will they do the waste seperation after they collect all the waste if they don't do it in the single household? Where will they dispose all those plastic bags? Singapore is such a small country. I'm not an eviromental freak, but this really bothers me much.
Can anyone give me clue? Thanks!
Then, could you introduce the situation in Germany? the people in Germany don't use plastic bag so often, right?
They do waste seperation in household. one for papers, one for waste, one for organic waste, one for plastic things (yellow bag).
In the supermarkets or other shops, you have to buy plastic bags for carrying. In some supermarkets they offer you paper bags for free, or you bring your own shopping bags, that's what Shanghai and Shenzhen are doing now, they have implemented this since 1 or 2 years.
We use those paper bags for organic waste, no plastic bags.
In the industry they introduced the green dot system. See wiki:
Since its European introduction, the scheme has been rolled out to 23 European countries.
To be honest, I feel always guilty if I have to throw everything in one bag here in Singapore. Yes maybe like that guy said in Youtube, what's fuss about some plastic bags? But I try to live environmental friendly in my daily life.
As some guys already said: maybe Singapore govnt intended to do this, shopping plastic bags as rubbish bags for end users. Then I shut up my month cause I'm lack of joined up thinking..
But, as one guy said above:
"About the plastic bags, one of the worst offenders is NTUC. Whereas I buy the same amount of groceries that I know would fit in one bag, NTUC would put them in five! Sometimes I told the nice lady to just put it all in one bag and she insisted that she put some of the stuff in a separate bag anyway. "
I also have the same problem.
I'd prefer those biodegradable plastic bags...