We are working on these key campaigns and programmes over the next 3 years in these 4 categories: Food Waste; Plastic Disposables; Household Recycling; and Business Waste.
Save Food Cut Waste
We manage the Save Food Cut Waste (SFCW) campaign to educate individuals, businesses and organisations in Singapore about the environmental and social impacts of food waste, and to encourage everyone to take action in reducing food waste.
SFCW provides tips for individuals and best practices for businesses to reduce, redistribute and recycle food waste, and also work with volunteers to conduct outreach talks for companies and schools.
Save Food Cut Waste Recipes Competition
We work with culinary schools such as ITE College West to organise the Save Food Cut Waste Recipes Competition for culinary students, which aims to engage the students in developing recipes for leftovers at home.
The objective of the competition is to develop suitable recipes to help homemakers learn and cook their leftover 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.
Food Hero App
We are partnering with the Food Hero startup to develop a food waste matching app for those with excess or unsold food to give away or sell at a discount, such as buffet organisers, distributors and retailers.
Position Paper on the Reduction of Single-Use Plastic Disposables in Singapore
We published our Position Paper on the Reduction of Single-Use Plastic Disposables in Singapore on 1 Jun 2016. The Position Paper describes the current situation and problem, highlights the considerations and responses, and lists several recommendations to reduce plastic disposables.
Through the Position Paper, we urge the government and businesses in Singapore to consider these recommendations, and develop concrete plans and take bold actions to reduce the consumption of single-use plastic disposables. The Position Paper was sent to the Minister for Environment and Water Resources, MEWR and NEA, and we met NEA to discuss the Position Paper.
Recommendation Paper on the Implementation of a Plastic Bag Charge in Singapore
As a follow-up to our Position Paper on plastic disposables and to focus specifically on the problem of excessive usage and wastage of single-use plastic bags in Singapore, we conducted a public survey on a plastic bag charge.
Based on the survey results, we published a Recommendation Paper on the Implementation of a Plastic Bag Charge in Singapore on 12 Sep 2016, which shows the results of the survey and recommends that the government introduce a mandatory plastic bag charge scheme to reduce the excessive usage and wastage of single-use plastic bags and to encourage people to bring their own reusable bags.
We submitted the recommendation paper to NEA for their consideration. This issue was also discussed in Parliament in Nov 2016.
We are starting the BYO (Bring Your Own) Singapore campaign to sign up retailers to offer incentives for customers who bring their own reusable containers, bottles or bags.
The campaign would provide information, incentives and resources to encourage people to bring their own reusables and reduce plastic disposables. Under the campaign, retailers would offer incentives to customers who bring their own reusable bags, bottles or containers. The main campaign goal is to sign up 500 retail outlets and reduce 1,000,000 pieces of disposables in 2017.
Let’s Recycle Together
Let’s Recycle Together is a campaign that aims to encourage more HDB residents to recycle using the existing blue recycling bins in their estates, and to educate them on recycling correctly.
The campaign is carried out in 2 phases. Phase 1 involves online engagement through photos, videos and influencers on social media, and aims to spread the message on household recycling to the general public. Phase 2 involves education and engagement with residents at housing estates and the community through posters and signage, roadshows and door-to-door engagement.
Waste is not Waste
We manage the online business waste exchange platform, Waste is not Waste (WINW). The platform facilitates the exchange of waste materials and unwanted items from companies and organisations that no longer need them to businesses, non-profit organisations, designers and schools that can utilise that waste.
Through WINW, we also plan to conduct waste matching and industrial symbiosis workshops to gather companies and find out what waste they are generating and whether there are opportunities to connect them to companies that want their waste.
Circular Economy Singapore
We manage the Circular Economy Singapore (CES) network, an informal network of individuals, businesses and organisations that support and embrace the concept and principles of the circular economy.
CES aims to spread awareness and accelerate the shift towards a circular economy through organising regular talks and networking sessions; sharing news and resources; and connecting individuals, businesses and organisations to explore collaboration opportunities.