Oral Reply by Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State for the Environment and Water Resources, to Parliamenty Question on Imposing a Charge on Plastic Bags in Supermarkets, 9 Nov 2016 [Parliament Q&A]

November 9, 2016 by  
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Question: To ask the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources whether the Ministry will consider imposing a charge on plastic bags at supermarkets.


In Singapore, households generally re-use plastic bags to dispose of their waste in a hygienic manner. In addition, plastic bags which are thrown away are incinerated safely at our waste-to-energy plants before they are landfilled as ash. This is in contrast to other countries where waste is directly landfilled. In these countries, plastic bags, which are not biodegradable, may remain in landfills for a long time or find their way into the sea.

2 Even though Singapore manages the disposal of plastic bags well, there is room for us to cut down on excessive usage. The recent discussions on the plastic bag issue reflect a greater environmental awareness among Singaporeans. I commend environmental groups for raising awareness on the need to curb the excessive use of plastic bags. For instance, ZeroWasteSG conducted a survey among supermarket shoppers and found that only about 15% of shoppers were using reusable bags or trolleys without taking plastic bags. I am heartened by recent media reports that major supermarket players in Singapore are open to considering measures to reduce plastic bag usage, such as a voluntary charge on plastic bags if imposed across the industry. Read more

Plastic bag charge could have ‘unintended consequences’: Amy Khor [News]

November 9, 2016 by  
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By Lim Jia Qi, Channel NewsAsia, 9 Nov 2016

A plastic bag charge could have “unintended consequences”, such as the substitution of these bags with paper bags or even wastage of reusable bags, Senior Minister of State for Environment and Water Resources Amy Khor told Parliament on Wednesday (Nov 9).

Sufficient educational and enforcement measures also need to be in place to complement a charge and reduce shoppers’ demand for plastic bags, she said.

Ms Khor was responding to MP for Nee Soon GRC Louis Ng’s question on whether the Government would consider imposing a charge on plastic bags at supermarkets.

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ITE’s Culinary Students Develop Recipes For Unconsumed Food At Home [Press Release]

October 24, 2016 by  
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Homemakers can turn unconsumed food into a new dish instead of throwing them away

Singapore, 17 Oct 2016 – Zero Waste SG and ITE College West are co-organising the inaugural “Save Food Cut Waste” Recipes Competition 2016 for ITE’s culinary students to develop recipes for unconsumed food at home. Sheng Siong is the Food Sponsor and the National Environment Agency (NEA) is the Supporting Partner for this competition.

Families who prepare and cook food at home often have unconsumed food after their meals and end up throwing them away. A survey conducted by NEA last year found that 80% of participants prepare food at home, and 39% of those who prepare food at home have unconsumed food after a meal.

Therefore, the objective of this competition is to develop suitable recipes to help homemakers learn and cook their unconsumed food into another dish the next day, instead of throwing them away. More importantly, this competition would educate the culinary students about the problem of food waste and to be mindful about not wasting food when they are working in the food and beverage industry in the future. Read more

Reducing food waste: Getting Singaporeans to embrace ‘ugly food’ [News]

October 24, 2016 by  
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By Liyana Othman, Channel NewsAsia, 24 Oct 2016

More than 790,000 tonnes of food waste was generated in Singapore last year – almost the equivalent of throwing away two bowls of rice every day.

There are no official figures on the breakdown of food waste in Singapore, and also how throwing away blemished or oddly-shaped food may contribute to the problem. But studies have shown that globally, 46 per cent of fruits and vegetables never make it from farm to fork.

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Public Forum on Plastic Disposables

October 17, 2016 by  
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Public Forum on Plastic Disposables

Zero Waste SG and Young NTUC are co-organising the first public forum to discuss about plastic disposables in Singapore. Join us to learn more about the problem of plastic disposables, the current initiatives from groups and organisations, and our plans for a new campaign to encourage reusables!

Date and Time: 5 Nov 2016, 2pm to 5pm

Venue: NTUC Centre, Level 9, Room 903, 1 Marina Boulevard, Singapore 018989


1.30pm – Registration

2.00pm – Welcome by Zero Waste SG and Young NTUC

2.15pm – Overview of plastic disposables in Singapore by Zero Waste SG

2.30pm – Green Canteens at NUS by NUS SAVE

2.45pm – Project bECOme to encourage lunchbox usage by Young NTUC

3.00pm – Biodegradable foodware by TRIA

3.15pm – Q&A

3.30pm – Break

4.00pm – Discussion on new BYO campaign

5.00pm – End of Forum


Zero Waste SG is a non-profit organisation helping Singapore to accelerate the shift towards zero waste and the circular economy. Zero Waste SG aims to promote education and engagement on the 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) among individuals and households; increase waste minimisation and recycling among businesses and organisations; and reduce specific waste such as plastic disposables and food waste. Find out more at http://www.zerowastesg.com

Young NTUC is the youth wing of the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC). Since our founding in April of 2005, Young NTUC has grown to over 190,000 working adults aged 35 years and below. As the largest youth movement in Singapore, we strive to give voice to the needs and aspirations of young workers. Find out more at http://www.youngntuc.org.sg

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