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Post by beppi » Wed, 31 Aug 2011 3:53 pm

Wrong thread: Fertility rates are discussed in the other one!

(SMS is getting confused ...)

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Post by beppi » Wed, 31 Aug 2011 4:52 pm

wannamove wrote:What about recycling options in Singapore? Is it available readily along side trash or are there specific recycling locations?
There are hardly any recycling options in Singapore and reducing waste is only encouraged very half-heartedly.
The reason for this is that Singapore needs all the garbage they can get to reclaim much-needed land from the sea. (Can we call that "Nautical Recycling"?)

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Post by JR8 » Wed, 31 Aug 2011 5:08 pm

beppi wrote:
wannamove wrote:What about recycling options in Singapore? Is it available readily along side trash or are there specific recycling locations?
There are hardly any recycling options in Singapore and reducing waste is only encouraged very half-heartedly.
The reason for this is that Singapore needs all the garbage they can get to reclaim much-needed land from the sea. (Can we call that "Nautical Recycling"?)
Is it fair to describe the majority of SGns as 'financially pragmatic'?

The fact is that recycling costs money, so I find it no surprise that SGns don't get enthused about it. From a purely financial standpoint, I believe the only recycling that pays for itself is aluminium.

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Post by gravida » Wed, 31 Aug 2011 10:15 pm

In our place there are separate containers for paper/glass/others. And what? I have seen it being placed together into one bin with the rest of the garbage from the rubbish chute.

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Post by wannamove » Thu, 01 Sep 2011 1:35 am

gravida wrote:In our place there are separate containers for paper/glass/others. And what? I have seen it being placed together into one bin with the rest of the garbage from the rubbish chute.
Thank you! I am assuming you live in an apartment?

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Post by beppi » Thu, 01 Sep 2011 2:12 am

97% of people in Singapore live in apartments.

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Post by Mary Hatch Bailey » Thu, 01 Sep 2011 3:06 am

Being green doesn't have to cost more ~

We traded in our bigger car for a much smaller one and drove it much less

We walk whenever possible and use public transport when we can

We use as little air/con as possible

We say 'no carrier' when we buy things and bring our own

We eat as much locally grown food (and by local I mean Malaysian) as possible although Singapore does produce lovely herbs, lettuce and mushrooms. Those Driscoll strawberries are not only $9, but they used a hell of a lot of fossil fuel to get here.

We avoid high fructose corn syrup which is grown in fields fertilized by fossil fuels

We ask our maid to hang dry as much laundry as possible and got her to kick her 'ironing habit.'

We give the Karung-Guni man whatever we can, and use our recycle bin religiously. We donate to the Salvation Army.

We replaced incandescent with florescent

We unplug chargers when not in use

We use as many natural cleansers as possible

Living green doesn't have to mean wearing un-bleached hemp and jute clogs and eating only mashed yeast. Little, tiny steps can make a huge difference.

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Post by ksl » Thu, 01 Sep 2011 3:45 am

sundaymorningstaple wrote:
Strong Eagle wrote:
beppi wrote:There's also a cow (milk) farm, but the animals are indoors and never see the sun, a few hydroponics vegetable farms (that's seen as organic here), a few ornamental fish farms and several orchid farms. There used to be a crocodile farm (for meat and leather), but I don't know if it's still around.
That's about it in terms of local produce (if you disregard the much bigger production of computer chips, pharmaceuticals and petroleum products).
Also quite a bit of egg production.
It's a shame the guys, apparently, can't produce enough of the sperm needed to fertilize them! Fertility Rate of 1.21? :lol:
:lol: Your getting some stick matey!
What about recycling options in Singapore? Is it available readily along side trash or are there specific recycling locations?

In the last place I lived there were recycling bins in one corner of the basement carpark. It would not surprise me if that is common in condo's. I don't know what you do if you're in landed property or HDB.

HDB estates have recycling bins all over the place!

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Post by Mi Amigo » Thu, 01 Sep 2011 10:14 pm

My understanding is that condos above a certain size (or maybe even all of them) have to provide recycling bins. In the previous place we lived there were none and after the management refused our request to install them (to avoid spending money) we contacted the NEA, who then instructed them to install recycling bins or face a fine. The bins were in place within a week.
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Be careful what you wish for

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Post by wannamove » Thu, 01 Sep 2011 10:17 pm

Mary Hatch Bailey wrote:Being green doesn't have to cost more ~

We traded in our bigger car for a much smaller one and drove it much less

We walk whenever possible and use public transport when we can

We use as little air/con as possible

We say 'no carrier' when we buy things and bring our own

We eat as much locally grown food (and by local I mean Malaysian) as possible although Singapore does produce lovely herbs, lettuce and mushrooms. Those Driscoll strawberries are not only $9, but they used a hell of a lot of fossil fuel to get here.

We avoid high fructose corn syrup which is grown in fields fertilized by fossil fuels

We ask our maid to hang dry as much laundry as possible and got her to kick her 'ironing habit.'

We give the Karung-Guni man whatever we can, and use our recycle bin religiously. We donate to the Salvation Army.

We replaced incandescent with florescent

We unplug chargers when not in use

We use as many natural cleansers as possible

Living green doesn't have to mean wearing un-bleached hemp and jute clogs and eating only mashed yeast. Little, tiny steps can make a huge difference.
That is exactly what I want to do. My questions were more about the availability of locally grown and if possible pesticide free fruits and vegetables. I also plan to have a "no plastics in the kitchen" rule so we need to find glassware for the microwave and maybe someother metal based utensils.

Natural cleansers - what do you use? Vinegar? Baking soda? I need tips on what works in the tropical climate

Thank you

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Post by wannamove » Thu, 01 Sep 2011 10:17 pm

Mi Amigo wrote:My understanding is that condos above a certain size (or maybe even all of them) have to provide recycling bins. In the previous place we lived there were none and after the management refused our request to install them (to avoid spending money) we contacted the NEA, who then instructed them to install recycling bins or face a fine. The bins were in place within a week.
Thank you

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