2019 NJC e-Recycling Initiative Update

As part of our e-Recycling Initiative, an eRecycling bin was set up in the canteen to collect eWaste to be recycled. About 7kg of eWaste, pictured below, including various electronic devices and wires were collected and sent to Nanyang Girls High to drop off in their RENEW bin.

eWaste collected from the eRecycling bin

Thanks to NYGH for the help as well as to everyone who supported our initiative!


2019 E-Recycling Poster Making Competition

As part of our e-Recycling program, the JH4 Green Advocates recently prepared a presentation to inform the student population about e-Recycling. As part of this activity, the different classes participated in a poster making competition and used their knowledge gained from the presentations to create a poster that encouraged and informed the audience about e-Recycling. We would like to congratulate JH203 and JH403 for winning this competition. Do check out their posters below!

Thanks to all the classes for their participation!


2019 Taiwan Students Hosting

As part of NJC’s many exchange programs, we often have students from different schools around the world coming to experience what school life in our college is like.

Today, we had the opportunity to host one group of such students from Taiwan, and shared with them about our vermicomposting project. This included teaching them how we set up the worm beds and fed the worms, and ended off with us fertilising the plants in our garden with some of the fertiliser that we had collected.

We would like to thank all of the students for taking the time to participate and we hope that they had an enjoyable experience!


2019 Pulau Semakau Landfill Learning Journey

Pulau Semakau Landfill – What is it?

Located about 8 kilometers south of Singapore, Pulau Semakau is Singapore’s only landfill, as of the present, that began operating on 1 April 2019. It has a perimeter of 7 kilometers and was build to contain non-incinerable waste and the ash produced by incineration plants.

Initially, the landfill was expected to last till 2045, but due to an unexpected growth in the rate of production of solid waste, it is currently estimated that it will only last till 2035. Bearing in mind that continuously building landfills is neither a viable nor sustainable option, the issue of waste management in Singapore has become a particularly important one to address.  In order to do this, many efforts have been made, including the implementation of specific measures at Pulau Semakau Landfill itself. In order to learn more about these measures, a group of Greenlink members went on a Learning Journey to the island.

Benefits from the Learning Journey

Our Greenlink members were taken on a guided bus tour around Pulau Semakau and got to see how waste was being treated, finding out many interesting facts about the landfill in the process.

One of the most surprising things was that despite it’s identity being that of a landfill, most parts of the island were surprisingly clean and scenic. This is in large part due to the fact that the waste was not randomly dumped , but instead unloaded into landfill cells, where they would be leveled and compacted before being covered with a layer of earth. Flora would then take root and form a green landscape, resulting in the appearance of the island being as such.

One other interesting thing we learnt about is the great length to which the management have gone to ensure that the landfill makes minimal impact on the environment. One of the measures taken in this aspect is the lining of the perimeter of the island with an impermeable membrane and a layer of marine clay, ensuring that any pollution will remain within the landfill, among many others.

It is due to this that Pulau Semakau has a vibrant ecosystem, with marine life such as crabs, starfish, sea otters, tortoises and corals and also other wildlife – particularly birds! In fact, Pulau Semakau is one of the best places to bird watch in Singapore.


Check out this bird that we managed to spot! Can you identify what it is?

Final Thoughts

The Pulau Semakau Learning Journey was interesting and enjoyable, but simultaneously insightful and educational. Our Greenlink members benefited greatly from this learning journey and strongly encourage everyone to visit should they have the chance to.

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We would like to thank Tiong Bahru YEC for organising this outing and for giving us the opportunity to take part, and we do hope that all of the other participants had fun as well!

2019 June Open House – Garden Tour

On NJ’s June Open House, our Greenlink Members and JH3 Green advocates conducted garden tours for parents and members of the public. They brought them around our college’s side garden and central garden as they introduced to them the plants, their fun facts, medicinal purposes, pollinators and many more!


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The garden tour was certainly an exciting and insightful experience for the parents and students as they got to learn lots of interesting facts of the various plants in our college! If you are interested in our garden tour, DM us on Instagram @thegreenlink and we will notify you when our next garden tour is open for signups!

2019 June Open House Vermicomposting Workshops

Greenlink welcomed our first 2 vermicomposting workshops of the year on 1st June!

These 2 workshops were attended by students from Marsiling Primary School as well as members of the public and were conducted by Swapna Priya, Cammie Sim and our new Greenlink trainers (Chan Syn Ning, Low Weslyn, Deepika & Jayashree).

During the workshop, our Greenlink members shared with the participants about the current food waste situation in Singapore before enthusiastically introducing the concept of vermicomposting to them. They taught the participants how they can easily obtain DAISO shoe boxes and turn them into a worm factory!

From the numerous questions posted during the FAQ segment, we could tell that the participants had enjoyed the workshop. Our Greenlink members had an enjoyable time interacting with the primary school children and members of public during the workshop. These DIY worm factory workshops were definitely meaningful for both facilitators and participants and we hope that they will take good care of their worm factories as well as spread this sustainable practice to their family and friends 🙂



2019 Greenlink Corner Refurbishment

Plain white walls with a cluttered floor! Well, you will see that no more!

During the last week of the semester, Greenlinkers came together during the evening armed with paintbrushes to beautify our very own Greenlink corner! It was a wonderful bonding activity for Greenlinkers as we smeared the walls with beautiful hues of paint and passed tins of paint all around.

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Not only are the walls painted, the many items that were on the floor previously are now organised into drawers and shelves!

cleaning up the corner before mural painting


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Of course, this would not have been possible without the help from H2 Art students as well as the Greenlinkers who organised the club-wide refurbishment session! Lastly, we would like to thank the school management for allowing us to decorate this space!


Do drop to have a look at our refurbished Greenlink corner!