2011 R3C International Symposium: New Developments in Waste Management [Events]

October 24, 2011 by  
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R3C (Residues and Resource Reclamation Centre) is organizing the 2011 R3C International Symposium: New Developments in Waste Management. The symposium will be held on 14 and 15 November at the Nanyang Executive Centre (NEC) of the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore.

Eleven overseas and 11 local experts will share various topics on waste management in the two-day symposium. The symposium intends to provide a platform for industries, government agencies, and research institutions to exchange global waste management information.

Companies cut packaging waste – and save $15m [News]

October 6, 2011 by  
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By Grace Chua, The Straits Times, 6 Oct 2011.

Companies here have cut back on 7,100 tonnes of product packaging in the last four years, and saved $14.9 million in the process.

They are signatories to the Singapore Packaging Agreement, a five-year programme started in 2007 to reduce waste.

For example, Asia Pacific Breweries made its aluminium cans thinner. This saves the firm, which produces 45 million cans of Tiger, Heineken and other drinks, 7.9 tonnes of the metal a year.

And food giant Nestle Singapore saves about 30 tonnes of plastic laminate material a year after making its Milo-powder packages shorter.

They were among 21 firms which received 3R Packaging Awards yesterday from Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, at the start of the Regional 3R Forum waste-management conference.

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Efforts to cut packaging waste bear fruit [News]

October 6, 2011 by  
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By Today, 6 Oct 2011.

The 127 companies that have pledged to reduce packaging waste have together reduced 7,100 tonnes of waste and saved a total of S$14.9 million in costs over four years, as the Singapore Packaging Agreement enters its fifth and final year.

Their efforts were commended by Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Vivian Balakrishnan, who handed out the 3R Packaging Awards to 21 of the companies at the third Regional 3R Forum, which opened yesterday.

The agreement provided a platform for signatories to collaborate with the Government on better production processes as well as product and packaging design to reduce waste over five years. They include the private sector, industry groups, recyclers, government and non-governmental organisations.

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3R Packaging Awards recognise companies for their efforts to reduce packaging waste

October 5, 2011 by  
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The Singapore Packaging Agreement signatories received the 3R Packaging Awards this morning at the Third Meeting of the Regional 3R Forum in Asia, held at Sheraton Towers Singapore for their efforts to reduce packaging waste.

The Singapore Packaging Agreement (SPA) is a voluntary programme by the industry, the National Environment Agency (NEA), and NGOs to reduce the amount of waste from product packaging through improvements in product packaging design and packaging processes. The annual 3R Packaging Awards have been presented by NEA since 2008 to recognise the signatories of SPA for their efforts.

For this year’s 3R Packaging Awards, 6 companies received the Distinction Award and 15 companies received the Merit Awards from Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources. Read more

Phase out plastic bags [Letters]

October 3, 2011 by  
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Letter by Curtis Marsh, The Straits Times, 3 Oct 2011.

Human nature being what it is, people will not change their bad habits easily (“New council rolls up sleeves for dirty job”; last Wednesday).

The Government must intervene more and eliminate some of the root causes of littering.

One immediate measure could be phasing out plastic bags and introducing a law that bans the use of plastic bags.

You only have to stand in the supermarket aisles to notice the bewildering number of plastic bags that are used up every minute. Yet the solution is so simple: use reusable bags.

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