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Where does your rubbish go in Singapore?

By: Katie Roberts, designed by Beatrice Ng

The discovery of the rubbish chute is rated as an “Aha!” moment for many people when moving for the first time into a condo in Singapore. No more midnight trips to push a heavy green bin onto the side of the street for weekly collection (often wearing only an inadequate dressing gown).

With the chute, in one push the rubbish is gone, never to be thought of again. The threat of disposal of a toy or uneaten meal can also prove a useful child behaviour management tool.

Jokes aside, what happens to rubbish once it’s disappeared down the chute? And where do the recyclables end up after they’ve been deposited in a recycling bin? Here’s a guide (hit the infographic to get a closer look).

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