When landed property owner Lawrence Tan wanted to pay his public waste collector for an additional bin so that he could sort his recycled items and place them separately, the company refused. So, Mr Tan went ahead and bought a bin.
He need not have bothered.
Singapore is adopting a new recycling approach - co-mingling - and it is more efficient, public waste collectors and industry sources told The New Paper.
All the material is collected together and then sorted later.