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'Less trash, pay less' scheme to be tested

Throw away less trash, and get to pay less.

The Government is piloting “save-as-you-reduce” schemes in Punggol, Bartley and Yuhua, to see if they help cut household waste and get residents to recycle more, said Second Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Grace Fu yesterday.

“If we find that households are reducing their waste, we can consider passing back some of the savings so there’s a direct relationship between their behaviour and their pocket.”

The domestic waste generated in Singapore has been rising faster than population growth.

And the overall waste this country produces has grown from 5.97 million tonnes a year since 2008 to 6.9 million tonnes in 2011 - which roughly equals the weight of 275,000 fully loaded garbage trucks.

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