Packaging of consumer products to be regulated [News]

August 26, 2016 by  
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By Tan Weizhen, TODAY, 13 Jul 2016

To cut waste in Singapore, the Government will put into effect mandatory requirements on the packaging of consumer products within the next three to five years, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Masagos Zulkifli said yesterday.

Once this is implemented, companies might have to report and publish their mandatory packaging waste reduction plan, and to meet packaging requirements and standards as well as recycling targets.

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NEA launches initiative to find ways to cut food, packaging waste [News]

November 26, 2015 by  
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By Siau Ming En, TODAY, 24 Nov 2015

To obtain more data for crafting programmes to reduce domestic waste here, the National Environment Agency (NEA) today (Nov 24) called for a tender to conduct, for the first time, a waste audit of about 300 selected households.

The data will help the NEA to establish the potential for the further reduction of food and packaging waste in Singapore, the agency said in a press release.

“The audit will support Singapore’s plans to achieve our vision of being a Zero Waste Nation under the Sustainable Singapore Blueprint,” said an NEA spokesperson.

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NEA To Conduct Waste Audit For Selected Households [Press Release]

November 26, 2015 by  
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Singapore, 24 November 2015 – The National Environment Agency (NEA) today called a tender to conduct a waste audit for selected households. The winning bidder will be required to collect waste disposed of by these households for segregation and audit.

2 Up to 300 households from different housing types in Singapore will be selected for this waste audit. Households that agree to participate in the waste audit will have their waste collected on pre-arranged dates. The waste collected will be sent to a designated site, sorted into different waste streams such as food and packaging waste, and weighed to determine the quantities of these waste streams. Read more

NEA Launches Packaging Benchmarking Database to Encourage Businesses to Reduce Waste [Press Release]

October 23, 2015 by  
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Singapore, 22 October 2015 – In 2014, domestic waste formed 57 per cent of all waste disposed of. Of this, about one third was packaging waste. In a bid to curb the growth of packaging waste and inspire businesses to reduce the amount of packaging used in their products, the National Environment Agency (NEA) has launched a packaging benchmarking database hosted on its website which allows companies to compare the packaging weight of their products against the benchmarks of similar products sold locally.

2 Announced earlier this evening by Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State for the Environment and Water Resources at the 3R Packaging Awards presentation ceremony held at the MAX Atria @ Singapore EXPO, the database currently displays the packaging weight benchmarks for six product categories – namely beer, carbonated beverages, chilled juice, fresh milk, non-chilled beverages and water. These benchmarks were obtained after measuring more than 400 consumer products from these six categories. More product categories, such as cooking oil and dishwashing liquid, will be progressively added to the database. Read more

More Companies Adopt 3R Initiatives in Singapore as Waste Management Industry Explore Ways to Raise Productivity [Press Release]

July 4, 2013 by  
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Singapore, 2 July 2013 – Since the first Singapore Packaging Agreement inked in 2007, signatories have reduced a cumulative total of 14,900 tons of packaging waste, saving an equivalent of about $31 million to date. Today, 16 companies were recognised for their efforts and achievements in reducing packaging waste at the 3R Packaging Awards. The awards were presented by Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, at the sidelines of Waste Management Symposium 2013, held at Max Atria at the Singapore Expo (see Annex A for list of winners).

2 The Singapore Packaging Agreement (SPA) provides a platform and structure for industries to reduce packaging waste from product packaging, and to raise awareness and educate consumers on the benefits of reducing packaging waste. Following its successful run from 2007 to 2012, signatories were keen to renew their commitment.

3 As a result, the second SPA commenced on 1 July 2012. The companies who signed the SPA will work together to achieve a total annual reduction of 6,500 tons of packaging waste by 2015. As of June 2013, the total annual amount of packaging waste reduced was about 4,800 tons. The participating companies achieved these results through various initiatives, such as reducing the size and thickness of their product packaging, switching to reusable packaging in logistical processes, or changing the way products are packaged. Read more

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