“Today we’re dumping 70 million tons of global-warming pollution into the environment, and tomorrow we will dump more, and there is no effective worldwide response. Until we start sharply reducing global-warming pollution, I will feel that I have failed.” – Al Gore

Saving the Environment

Consumers today want to do business with companies that are eco friendly, but recycling also makes economic sense.

Recycling saves energy; making products from recycled material is more energy efficient than starting with “raw material.” Almost every industry produces waste that can be recycled. The process of recycling eliminates the need to extract or mine resources, as well as reducing the amount of refining and raw-materials processing. All of these activities create major water and air pollution.

Recycling doesn’t just save energy. It also helps contain greenhouse gas emissions. This in turn mitigates climate change. Recycling businesses have also generated hundreds of thousands of jobs.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

People are making strides in recycling some objects like glass bottles, aluminum cans, newspapers, and the like. But often there is confusion about what can and cannot be recycled by their municipal waste collection.

It’s generally understood that these three words – Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle -are listed in order the benefit to the eco world. Reducing is preferable to reusing, and reusing is preferable to recycling, but all three activities lead to best solution for helping our planet and minimizing landfill.

Here is a brief list of some ways a business can reduce, reuse, and recycle:

  • Donate and recycle used electronics (“ecycling”)
  • Learn about how to create a “green” office (consider being a paperless office)
  • Buy products from vendors that are made up of recycled and renewable materials

Benefits of Plastics Recycling

Plastics, which can often be recycled, take between 500 and 1,000 years to decompose. Plastic has morphed into one of the most widely used materials across the globe, and one of the largest sources of waste. There may be as many as 10,000 types of plastics used in manufacturing.

The popularity of plastics has resulted in plastic waste dumped all over the world and ending up in our oceans where they are causing death of marine life. Unfortunately, plastics are sometimes expensive to recycle and sometimes get rejected because of food remnants or other materials. As plastic is non-biodegradable, it’s filling up landfill areas. 

Plastic recycling helps to reduce energy usage, as less fresh, raw materials gets consumed. It also reduces water pollution and air pollution (from landfills) by reducing the need for conventional waste disposal. Recycling plastic reduces the greenhouse gases emissions.

Another huge benefit of recycling plastic is the conservation of petroleum, which is getting scarce. Vast quantities of petroleum are needed to make new plastic products, and around 40% of the petroleum that is consumed can be reduced by recycling old and discarded plastic. Recycling reduces the consumption of raw materials.

Benefits of Metal Recycling

Recycling scrap metal has become a standard part of operations for companies, and commercial recycling is an important part of preserving our environment. With recycling, the process of extracting, refining, and processing raw materials (through mining) is avoided. Just like with plastics, tossing scrap metal into the trash contributes to the problem that our landfills are beginning to reach capacity. 

Metals like aluminum and tin cans, steel products, copper wiring and pipes, and more can all be recycled and transformed into new materials. When dumped in landfills, metals release methane and contribute to air and groundwater pollution. 

Steel, for example, is the world’s most recycled metal You likely use products made from recycled steel every day, whether it has been incorporated into the body of your car or the can that your soup came in. The benefits of recycled steel are substantial: it reduces energy, expense, and the time it takes to source or mine valuable resources, like iron ore, coal, and water that are consumed during production. Using ferrous scrap, instead of virgin materials to produce iron and steel, reduces CO2 emissions by a whopping 58%.

Lian Gim (S) Trading Managing Director, Mr Joe Tan, shares his views about plastic recycling with Channelnewsasia Talking Point host Sharda Harrison in the episode of “Is Your ‘Take-Away’ Causing A Plastic Overload?”

Why Choose Lian Gim (S) Trading?

  • We've been around in the recycling business for over 20 years.
  • We are a one-stop recycling center that can accept plastics and scrap metal.
  • We are trusted to handle the recycling needs of local companies and government agencies.
  • We are a fully registered and licensed business with National Environmental Agency (NEA).
  • We buy and process a full range of ferrous and nonferrous metals, including copper, brass, aluminum, and steel.
  • Will pay promptly for your plastic or metal scraps at competitive prices. We will pick up your scraps based on your schedule.
  • Offers recycling programs to fit your needs and location.
  • Provides comprehensive consultation services for our vendors and customers.
  • Purchases all types and forms of plastic scrap.
  • Is a full service plastic / scrap metal recycling company, tailoring business to our customers’ needs.

We encourage you to contact us today for more information on how to free up your valuable warehouse space, convert your plastic & metal scraps to profit, and improve the overall waste reduction in your facility.


Lian Gim (S) Trading has been in the plastic & metal recycling industry for over 20 years.  That goes a long way when dealing with material quality control. We can help reduce waste in your facility at the same time as increasing your bottom line profitability.

  • Long history of consistent suppliers and feed streams.
  • Thorough knowledge of pricing and seasonal volatility. Our customer service does not change whether the market is up or down.
  • Consulting services to help companies establish or improve their in-house recycling.

We receive shipments from 9am to 6pm Monday to Saturday.

Our vision is to be “The Choice” for your industrial plastic scrap recycling and metal recycling needs.
We are committed to providing competitive pricing and outstanding customer service.

Contact Lian Gim (S) Trading for your plastic & metal recycling needs through this form or by calling (+65) 6635 7410.

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