How to dispose of hand sanitizer in Singapore?

As the usage of hand sanitizers remains prevalent in Singapore, proper disposal becomes crucial, particularly with the increase in expired or unused products. Hand sanitizers, containing high alcohol concentrations, are potentially flammable and may require specialised handling. Follow these guidelines for responsible disposal:

Empty Bottles:

If the hand sanitizer bottle is empty, it can be disposed of in the regular household waste or recycling bin, depending on the material of the bottle. Check the label for recycling symbols.

Partially Used Bottles:

If the hand sanitizer bottle is partially used and you want to dispose of it, it’s best to use it up following the recommended usage guidelines. If there’s only a small amount left, consider using it for personal hygiene until it’s finished.

Expired Hand Sanitizer:

If the hand sanitizer has expired or is no longer effective, it should be disposed of. Avoid pouring it down the drain. Hand sanitizers often contain high concentrations of alcohol, which can be flammable and can have environmental impacts if not properly treated.

National Environment Agency (NEA) advised the following disposal guidelines.

For small quantities disposal (household /personal use): Place the expired hand sanitizer bottle in a garbage bag and seal the bag. Dispose of the sealed bag in your regular rubbish bin or through the rubbish chute.

For bulk quantity disposal (companies /commercial use): Contact a licensed toxic waste collector to arrange for the professional and compliant pickup of the expired hand sanitizer.

It is essential to follow the guidelines provided to ensure that the disposal is done in an environmentally friendly and safe manner. If in doubt, contact NEA or refer to their official website for updated information on waste disposal regulations.

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