Reducing waste in Singapore – 6 places to donate things you don’t need anymore
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong spoke extensively about the possible impact of climate change on Singapore during his recent National Day Rally. His speech was a nod towards to the growing movement towards zero waste, by using sustainable products, reducing packaging waste, donating items appropriately so they will get used by someone else, or simply disposing of items correctly so recyclables are recycled, and electronic waste gets handled properly.
As Singaporeans, we need to do our part even if it involves taking small steps towards reducing our waste. And it may be more effective than using reusable straws for your next bubble tea fix.
Here are some places you can go to donate your perfectly usable items, (even edible packaged food), so that they won’t end up in Pulau Semakau.
Willing Hearts runs a soup kitchen that serves up and delivers about 5,000 meals daily to the elderly, disabled, low income families and migrant workers. It accepts food donations that are in accordance to its recommended list: Rice, Bee Hoon, Macaroni, Oil (preferably Canola Oil or Sunflower Oil), Salt, Pepper, Sugar (preferably Raw Sugar), Tomato Sauce, Chilli Sauce, Sesame Oil, Light Soy Sauce, and Dark Soy Sauce.
Find out more about Willing Hearts at their website: http://www.willinghearts.org.sg/donate/
The Food Bank Singapore
The Food Bank Singapore accepts donations of packaged food, and redistribute them to their member beneficiaries. However, they make it very clear that instead of buying new items to donate, donors should first look for the excess food they already in their homes (that are still safe for consumption) to deposit into their Bank Boxes available islandwide.
Learn more about Food Bank and locate your nearest Bank Box on their website: https://www.foodbank.sg/index.php/get-involved/donate/food/personal-donation
Clothes and accessories donation
New2u – Waterloo Street
The New2u thrift shop is opened by the Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations takes donations of clothes (men, women, and children), books, toys, bags, accessories, shoes, crockery and utensils in both new and used condition. These items are then sold at their thrift shop in Waterloo Street at prices starting from $1.00. Proceeds from the store are donated to Star Shelter as well as various SCWO Initiatives.
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, 10.30am to 2.30pm
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/New2UShop/
Baby items donation
Preloved Baby Goods
Preloved Baby Goods is a Facebook group run by theAsianparent.com. Parents can buy, sell, trade, and bless baby items on this platform. The items you can bless include items for babies, for children aged 7 and below, maternity items and nursing needs.
This is a useful resource as children grow rapidly in their early years, and the numerous essential things they need change just as frequently. Nursing needs can also get quite expensive depending on how a baby nurses and for how long.
Learn more about them here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SGPreloved/
Art Supplies donation
Art Don’t Throw
Art Don’t Throw is another Facebook group. This one connects artists and art groups and provides a platform for sharing resources like art supplies and materials that might be used to create art. Don’t throw away your leftover fabric, paint or boxes, check in and see if it might come in useful for someone else.
Art Don’t Throw: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1951092048445503/
Dog items donation
Action for Singapore Dogs (ASD)
ASD is a a non-profit organization that rescues, rehabilitates, and rehomes stray and abandoned dogs in Singapore. They accept donations of dog food, flea and tick medication or heartworm medication that are used for their fostered dogs.
Find out more about them at: http://www.asdsingapore.com/
Do you have other ideas for donating items that are no longer needed? Tell us on our ZUU online Singapore Facebook page.