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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