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

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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Efforts to cut packaging waste bear fruit [News]

October 6, 2011 by  
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By Today, 6 Oct 2011.

The 127 companies that have pledged to reduce packaging waste have together reduced 7,100 tonnes of waste and saved a total of S$14.9 million in costs over four years, as the Singapore Packaging Agreement enters its fifth and final year.

Their efforts were commended by Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Vivian Balakrishnan, who handed out the 3R Packaging Awards to 21 of the companies at the third Regional 3R Forum, which opened yesterday.

The agreement provided a platform for signatories to collaborate with the Government on better production processes as well as product and packaging design to reduce waste over five years. They include the private sector, industry groups, recyclers, government and non-governmental organisations.

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3R Packaging Awards recognise companies for their efforts to reduce packaging waste

October 5, 2011 by  
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The Singapore Packaging Agreement signatories received the 3R Packaging Awards this morning at the Third Meeting of the Regional 3R Forum in Asia, held at Sheraton Towers Singapore for their efforts to reduce packaging waste.

The Singapore Packaging Agreement (SPA) is a voluntary programme by the industry, the National Environment Agency (NEA), and NGOs to reduce the amount of waste from product packaging through improvements in product packaging design and packaging processes. The annual 3R Packaging Awards have been presented by NEA since 2008 to recognise the signatories of SPA for their efforts.

For this year’s 3R Packaging Awards, 6 companies received the Distinction Award and 15 companies received the Merit Awards from Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources. Read more

2008 Waste Statistics and Current Waste Situation in Singapore (Part Four)

May 5, 2009 by  
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Continued from Part Three, which looked at the recycling rate of the different waste, and the opportunities for food waste reduction.

This final part explores the opportunities for reducing the generation of Paper/Cardboard and Plastics waste. We will look at campaigns, companies, services, projects and tips that help to reduce paper and plastic waste.


Opportunities for Paper Waste Reduction

We think that there is great potential to reduce our paper mail and junk mail, and also switch to duplex printing.

epost by Canada Post

Canada Post offers a free epost box. With epost, users can have bills and other mailers sent to them electronically and allows them to view and store them online.


Zumbox is a paperless postal system that provides a virtual mailbox for every street address in the United States, which allows users to receive, view, organize, store and send their mail online.

Red Dot Campaign

The Red Dot Campaign is a social marketing campaign in Canada to encourage advertisers to reduce waste and resources in paper-based advertising, and evaluate their current marketing strategies.

Stop Junk Mail

Stop Junk Mail is a non-profit UK-based group giving advice on how to reduce junk mail. They also provide ‘No junk mail’ stickers for households to paste on their door and letterbox to stop unaddressed leaflets and/or free newspapers.

Voluntary Admail Reduction Program

This Voluntary Admail Reduction Program is a by-law of the City of Ottawa to regulate the distribution of unaddressed advertising material. The by-law states that:

No distributor shall distribute or cause to be distributed any unaddressed advertising material on private property if the owner or occupant of the property has affixed a sign in a conspicuous way on his or her own property, as prescribed in accordance with Schedule “A” to this by-law indicating that he or she does not wish to receive any unaddressed advertising material.

The property owner or occupant can participate in the program by purchasing a sticker to indicate their desire not to receive unaddressed advertising material.

Duplex Printing

One of the easiest way to save paper in the office is to set the printer on default to print on both sides of a sheet of paper. Here’s a guide to show you the steps for setting your printer to duplex printing.

Check out more tips on reducing paper.


Opportunities for Plastics Waste Reduction

We think that there is great potential to reduce our use of plastic bottles, plastic bags and plastic packaging.


Tap is an ethical enterprise and campaign to get people to rethink bottled water and switch to water from the tap.


Tappening is a campaign to educate the public about the unnecessary waste of resources and harm on the environment caused by the bottled water industry, and to encourage people to drink tap water and say no to bottled water.

Are You Ready?

This is the National Plastic Bag Campaign in Australia to help individuals and retailers move towards a phase-out or reduction in plastic bag use.

The Positive Package

The Positive Package is a campaign to share information on reducing, reusing and recycling packaging.

The Guide to Evolving Packaging Design

The online Guide to Evolving Packaging Design provides ideas, tips and tools to help retailers and manufacturers change the way packaging is produced and used.

The National Packaging Covenant

The National Packaging Covenant is a voluntary initiative by the government and industry in Australia to reduce the environmental effects of packaging.

Check out more tips to reduce plastics by avoiding disposable items and choosing products with less packaging.


We encourage more individuals, communities, NGOs, businesses and the government to explore the mentioned opportunities to reduce the waste output of Food Waste, Paper/Cardboard and Plastics. There is potential for more awareness, campaigns, governmental and business services to reduce our waste. For a start, the new 3R Fund would be useful for providing financial support to implement these waste reduction opportunities.

Read Part One, Part Two and Part Three.

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