Singapore launched the 2009 recycling week activities on Saturday.
According to local TV broadcaster Channel News Asia, the government said that encouraging more homes to recycle continues to be a challenge, but efforts to reduce packaging waste at source are paying off.
After launching the Singapore Packaging Agreement in 2007, there has been a reduction of 2,500 tons of packaging waste, which translates to savings of nearly 4.5 million Singapore dollars (about 3.2 million U.S. dollars) for firms.
The country's National Environment Agency believes spreading the recycling message is a many-hands approach and it will be involving stakeholders from all areas, such as schools, industries, libraries and also the waste collectors, to achieve a greater rate of recycling.
The recycling week activities will move to three different locations next weekend. Singapore hopes to achieve a recycling rate of 70 percent by 2030.