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Follow these 3 Cs for a Sustainable CNY

As you gear up for Chinese New Year, here are 3 Cs that can make your Year of Dragon a more sustainable one!

Chuck it right

Check how and what items can be recycled in the various types of recycling bins available.

The Bloobins near your block accept paper, plastic, glass and metal items for recycling. Remember to clean your items before disposing them. To check the list of accepted materials for recycling, click here.

Bloobins do not recycle electronics (like old TVs, computers, laptops). Instead, place e-waste into dedicated e-waste bins.

For items like preloved clothes, consider donating them if they are in good condition, or recycle them in textile recycling bins. Cloop has a bin in CCK Town at Lot One. See the full list of locations here.

Conserve & reuse

Get your family involved in making CNY decorations. Turn your old or used red packets into Chinese New Year decorations like these origami cherry blossoms (pictured below).

There are plenty of YouTube videos to guide you on how to use red packets to make origami paper dragons, lanterns and many more.

Not the crafty sort? Not to worry, you can drop off your used red packets at dedicated recycling bins found at CCKTC main office, CCKTC branch office, Keat Hong Community Club, Lot One Shoppers’ Mall, and more. See the full list of locations here.


Conscious consumption

Food waste is one of the biggest waste streams in Singapore, accounting for about 11% of all waste.

Help to reduce food waste in 2024 by making sure you consume just enough.

Resist overbuying and plan to get just enough of CNY goodies like cookies, bak kwa and mandarin oranges to mark the occasion.

If you’re hosting a meal, cater for 10 to 15% less than the number of expected guests to minimise any leftovers.

With fast fashion being the world’s second most polluting industry, consider mixing and matching your current wardrobe to create new outfits that are both chic and eco-friendly.

Get ready for an eco-Year of the Dragon!