Waste Minimisation & Recycling Taskforce


Established in 2015 as part of the NUS Sustainability Steering Committee , the Waste Minimisation & Recycling Task Force (WART) is tasked to look into ways to reduce waste generation and boost recycling rates in campus.


-To increase the overall recycling rate of the total waste generated by the University to 25% , against a 2012 baseline of 9%

-To encourage and inculcate a culture of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle amongst the NUS community.

Why Recycle?

We only have one landfill left

Each year, about 200,000 tonnes of solid waste and all incinerations ash are sent to Semakau landfill. At this rate, the landfill is expected to run out of space by around 2035.

Reduce carbon emissions

If waste is not recycled, they would end up being incinerated, emitting greenhouse gases which are harmful to the atmosphere.

Conserves Limit Resources

Recycling allows items to be used over and over again so that new resources do not have to be exploited. Natural resources such as water, minerals, coal, oil, gas and timber are conserved.

Semakau island

Trucks delivering incinerated ashes

What can be recycled in NUS?

Food Waste

For more information about food waste, please refer to Office of Campus Amenities. 

Paper, Metal, Plastic

Contamination found in bins

Contamination in PMP bins

Contamination is the main issue in NUS’ recycling bins. Dirty or wrongly-placed recyclables could ruin an entire batch of clean recyclables.

What can I do?

Recycle correctly!


*Note that all recyclables to be empty and free from food contaminants.

Our Recycling Process

Recyclables are collected from various recycling bins and transfer to the nearest bulk bins. Our appointed contractor will deliver them to their Material Recovery Facility (MRF), which each type of recyclables are compacted into blocks and export to overseas Recycling Plants.

For more information about the recycling process in Singapore, kindly refer to: http://www.nea.gov.sg/energy-waste/3rs/recycling-processes

Institutional Waste

Large quantity of papers such as confidential papers, flyers, brochures or notes can be recyclable directly via OFM.

For confidential papers, refer to the flow chart:

Paper Recycling Within Offices

Papers recycling boxes are available for the recycling of internal non-confidential papers. House keeping team are required to clear the recycling boxes.

Please contact OFM Helpdesk at 6516 1515 or ofmhelp@nus.edu.sg to find out more.