SITEX steps up green efforts with paper recycling

November 21st, 2008 - 12:40 pm ICT by admin  

Following the tremendous success of last year’s electronics recycling initiative, the Organisers have taken another leap forward by introducing paper recycling at this year’s show. The 20th edition SITEX returns to the Singapore Expo from 27 – 30 November 2008, 11am – 9pm. Admission is free.

When the exhibition halls get jam-packed with visitors, it can become extremely difficult for the cleaners to clear the garbage bins placed inside the halls. Movement of wheeled dustbins is impeded as the walkways get clogged by bargain-hunters. This is a perennial problem faced by most exhibition organizers and as a result, tonnes of unwanted brochures get strewn on the floor as the garbage bins do not get emptied on time.

Said Mr Edwin Low, CEO of Singapore Expo, “With this observation in mind, we would like to take this opportunity to encourage SITEX visitors to adopt a more environmentally-friendly lifestyle by holding onto any unwanted brochures and discarding them into designated paper recycling bins placed outside the halls. Besides safeguarding the environment, visitors can also do their bit for charity as proceeds from the recycling efforts will be donated to the Society for the Physically Disabled (SPD). Through this green initiative, we also hope to create a cleaner and more pleasant shopping experience for visitors at SITEX.”

The recycling bins are provided by Singapore Expo’s appointed contractor, Clean Solutions Pte Ltd. Commending SITEX’s green movement, Mr Alistair Tan, Business Development Manager of Clean Solutions said “Singapore generated 5.6 million tonnes of rubbish last year. Collecting, processing and disposing these wastes are expensive and resource-intensive. A longer-term solution is to minimize waste and maximize recovery. SITEX’s green effort is a good way to promote and make recycling more accessible to the general public.”

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