Cut food waste, redistribute extra food, say experts [News]

July 31, 2012 by  
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By Grace Chua, The Straits Times, 21 Jul 2012.

Cut food waste during packaging and preparation and redistribute spare food, say experts who have weighed in on the Government’s announcement of a new committee that will look into food waste and security.

Food is often wasted during packaging because customers want unblemished produce, said sustainability researcher Kua Harn-Wei.

To solve this, he pointed to initiatives like Britain’s Waste Resources and Action Programme, a non-government scheme that works with supermarkets to educate consumers and develop packaging to lengthen the shelf life of fresh vegetables. It also gets food and beverage outlets to offer smaller portion sizes.

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Minister of State Lee Yi Shyan acknowledges efforts by the food industry in ensuring high food safety standards in Singapore at AVA Food Safety Awards Night 2012 [Press Releases]

July 31, 2012 by  
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Mr Koh Soo Keong
Chairman, Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority

Ms Tan Poh Hong

Distinguished guests

Ladies and gentlemen,

1 Good evening. I am delighted to join you tonight to celebrate the achievements of our local food industry in food safety excellence.

2 Let me first acknowledge the efforts by every company in the food industry in ensuring that we continue to uphold our high food safety standards. We can only achieve this through consistent investments in our people and processes, with discipline and attention to details.

3 AVA will continue to assist the industry, especially the small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), in acquiring new capabilities on food safety. AVA also partners SPRING Singapore, e2i, and the Singapore Accreditation Council to assist food manufacturers to improve their food safety standards. Read more

Second Singapore Packaging Agreement to achieve 315 signatories by 2015 [Press Releases]

July 30, 2012 by  
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Singapore, 3 July 2012 – Following the success of the first Singapore Packaging Agreement (SPA), signatories have expressed keen interest in continuing their participation in the programme. The second SPA commenced on 1 July 2012, and the companies who have signed on voluntarily will work together to achieve a total annual reduction of 6,500 tons of packaging waste by 2015. In 2011, the annual waste reduction was close to 3,000 tons. By the end of the first SPA there were 139 signatories, and this new SPA aims to increase the number of signatories to 315 by 2015. The second SPA was announced at the WasteMet Asia 2012 Networking Dinner, part of the inaugural CleanEnviro Summit Singapore.

The SPA, which was first launched in 2007, provides a platform and structure for industries to reduce packaging waste. It aims to reduce waste from product packaging, and to raise awareness and educate consumers on the benefits of reducing packaging waste. Read more

16 companies receive 3R Packaging Awards [News]

July 30, 2012 by  
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By Monica Kotwani, Channel NewsAsia, 3 Jul 2012.

Sixteen companies received the 3R Packaging Awards on Tuesday for their efforts in reducing waste from product packaging.

Companies recognised included Tetra Pak Jurong and Nestle Singapore.

They were honoured at the WasteMet Asia 2012 Networking Dinner, which is part of the inaugural CleanEnviro Summit Singapore.

Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, presented the awards to the recipients.

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Source: Channel NewsAsia

Waste treatment fast becoming a big business [News]

July 28, 2012 by  
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By Rachel Kelly, Channel NewsAsia, 19 Jul 2012.

Every year, some 1.25 billion tonnes of solid waste is created globally.

According to the World Bank, this will double by 2025.

While this is creating a challenge for governments around the globe, waste treatment is fast becoming a big business.

Road construction and maintenance firm Samwoh has been converting material from old buildings such as enbloc housing projects, and recycling it into useable surface for road, aircraft, and seaport pavement.

But Samwoh said the road to paving the streets of Singapore sustainably was not an easy one.

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Source: Channel NewsAsia

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