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Donate a book in southwest S’pore and earn 5 cents in recycling points

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SINGAPORE — Residents of Singapore can now donate a book to a community reading space in southwestern Singapore and earn five cents back.

The amount will be given as recycling points in an app.

Share-Your-Book @ South West, an initiative of the South West Community Development Council (CDC), aims to encourage the donation of books to the 14 community libraries and reading corners in the district and to give new life to old books.

As part of the initiative, users can list books they want to gift on the app of the mobile sharing platform, Sharetings.

If these books are deemed desirable by one of the community libraries or reading corners, then donors can bring their books on site to claim recycling points.

Points earned can be redeemed for discounts or vouchers from eco-friendly retailers on the Alba Step Up app. The app was created by Alba, a company that has been designated by the National Environment Agency (NEA) to collect and recycle the nation’s e-waste since July 2021.

This latest initiative is part of a series of sustainability measures introduced by the council, leading the district toward its zero waste goal as part of the CDC’s Sustainable Southwest Master Plan.

As part of these sustainability efforts, the district currently has 53 recycling points and, by the end of 2021, collected 979 tons of recyclables from these points. This translates to saving more than 16,500 trees, said Southwest District Mayor Ms. Low Yen Ling.

Ms Low, who is also Minister of State for Culture, Community and Youth, and Trade and Industry, said: “Over the years, championing sustainability has become a hallmark of our Southwest District and we are committed to doing even more.

The district has also collected 11.6 tonnes of e-waste since e-waste collection points were introduced to the area three years ago.

Trade and Industry Minister Gan Kim Yong, an adviser to local organizations in Chua Chu Kang, said, “I am encouraged to see such partnerships between businesses and government agencies to carry out sustainable development actions in the community.

He added, “Each of us can do more to complement efforts at the national level and strengthen the ecosystem.”