Retailers join StarHub in e-waste recycling initiative

Four electronics retailers, Best Denki, Courts, Gain City and Harvey Norman have joined DHL, StarHub and Tes’ Renew program to further encourage electrical and electronic waste (e-waste) recycling in Singapore.

(L-R): Lim Chiew Yeow (Best Denki), Ronnie Tay (NEA), Ben Tan陈发明 (COURTS), Minister, Jeannie Ong翁美君 (StarHub), Senior Minister of State, Danny Teo张民德 (Gain City), Julian Neo梁宝俊 (DHL), Kenneth Aruldoss (Harvey Norman)

(L-R): Lim Chiew Yeow (Best Denki), Ronnie Tay (NEA), Ben Tan陈发明 (COURTS), Minister, Jeannie Ong翁美君 (StarHub), Senior Minister of State, Danny Teo张民德 (Gain City), Julian Neo梁宝俊 (DHL), Kenneth Aruldoss (Harvey Norman)

Under the collaboration agreement, the four retailers will place the Renew bins in 20 of their retail stores. These include seven Courts stores, five Best Denki and Gain City stores each and three Harvey Norman stores.

The signing of the e-waste recycling agreement was watched by Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Masagos Zulkifli, and Senior Minister of State, Dr Amy Khor, at StarHub Green. The aim of expanding the Renew program to include the four major electronics retailers is to provide consumers with greater recycling convenience and encourage them to responsibly dispose of their unwanted electronic devices as well as information and communications technology (ICT) equipment.

The network of 468 Renew bins can be found across 422 locations island-wide, including educational institutions, malls, government offices, office buildings and community clubs. Since the launch of the StarHub Renew program in 2012, the amount of e-waste collected has increased exponentially. The program has cumulatively collected more than 249 tonnes of e-waste since 2012, with more than 92 tonnes collected last year.

“The rate at which e-waste is generated has gathered pace as Singapore progresses toward its Smart Nation vision,” says StarHub chief strategic partnership office Jeannie Ong.

“As DHL works toward its 2050 zero emission goal, we want to encourage more of our partners, customers and employees to join us on this journey. E-waste growth will only continue to accelerate with the pace of digital transformation, says DHL Express Singapore head of commercial Julian Neo.

Non-bulky e-waste items such as mobile phones, cables, modems, laptops, remote controls, keyboards, mice, DVD players, MP3 players and lithium-ion batteries can be deposited into the Renew bins.

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