In 2002, Singapore Environment Council (SEC) launched a pilot scheme called Mad about batteries" at Nan Hua Secondary school on 27th July 2002. Alvater Jakob Pte Ltd had agreed to collect the batteries and pass it on to Citiraya Industries Pte Ltd who were to export it to France! This answered the call that many had made like Adrian and Cheng Puay below.
However, this method turned out to be too expensive and Citiraya dicontinued the project. A check with SEC this afternoon confirmed the scheme is no longer in operation. However, they did say that the National Environment Agency (NEA) is scouting for a feasible alternative. Presumably this will be 'economically closer' to Singapore as we have no batteery recycling facility ourselves. They appear to be enthusiastic to see this happen sometime soon.
The Singapore Greeen Plan 2012 by NEA has ben criticised for the weakness of its nature conservation or "green" aspects. In reality, it makes little comment but nature conservation is more directly affected by agencies of the Ministry of National Development, namely the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) and the National Parks Board (NParks). NEA has made considerable progress in brown issues and are hoping to increase all aspects of recycling. For an easy read about the progress and targets, read the Singapore Clean Card.
For now, through Nokia's take back programme, we can at least recycle old handphone batteries for starters. I know I have a few lying around but habe not done anything about it as yet.
Shall we ask the department or faculty before going down? You nver know who else might be grateful if we holler.