Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Recycling with Tzu Chi (II)

Last year, I wrote about Tzu Chi’s recycling activities. For the past 4 months, I personally have contributed my time as a volunteer.

Tzu Chi’s recycling program is held on the third Sunday of every month. You may send your disused stuffs to one of the many (temporary) recycling centers near you. However, you are strongly encouraged to sort them first, as this will greatly help the volunteers. Tzu Chi accepts the following items for recycling:

  • Paper
  • Cloth
  • Electrical/electronic items
  • Metal/aluminum/glass
  • Plastic

I work in the paper section, and therefore have better knowledge of it. For recycling purposes, paper can be further grouped into following categories:

  • Newspaper
  • Cardboard
  • Black-and-white paper
  • Miscellaneous paper

It is said that cardboard commands the highest price, followed by black-and-white paper. Please note that shredded paper automatically goes into miscellaneous category.

You can do your part to help Mother Earth too


  1. Hi! Welcome back to the blogging world! What happened to you in the past few months? Thanks for sharing about Tzu Chi's recycling activities! : )

  2. black and white paper are those printed office document papers?? so magazines fall into the newspaper category or miscellaneous category??

  3. SK
    Office document paper - if not colored and not shredded - is taken as black-and-white.

    As for books and magazines, I got conflicting information. Some say they are to be resold; others say they are simply recycled as miscellaneous paper.

  4. Wow four months full time with Tzu Chi overseas?..tQ for the info and welcome back.

  5. bananaz
    No lah... part time and here only.

  6. Hey KS, welcome back! Don't know about the others but I missed you! Glad to have you back.

    Hope you've had a wonderful break (from blogging). Thanks for the info on recycling. Tzu Chi is doing a great job!

  7. Hi, saw your blog and i think it is great you are helping out as a volunteer. Was always throwing my newspapers and can drinks,bottles, glass etc into recycle bins but now i think i will bring them direct to the ss2 center.can i know which part of ss2 is this?

  8. Anon
    Next to BHP petrol station in SS2.