Supermarkets will impose plastic bag charge if it is ‘industry-wide’ [News]

September 27, 2016 by  
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By Lim Jia Qi, Channel NewsAsia, 26 Sep 2016

Local supermarket chains could impose a plastic bag charge if there is an industry-wide effort to implement one, they told Channel NewsAsia. This comes in response to a call from environmental group Zero Waste for the Government to introduce a levy on the use of plastic bags.

A spokesperson from the Dairy Farm group, which owns supermarket chains Cold Storage and Giant, said it would consider imposing a charge on plastic bags if there is a “collective industry approach”.

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Local environmental group calls for plastic bag charge to reduce usage [News]

September 21, 2016 by  
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By Lim Jia Qi, Channel NewsAsia, 21 Sep 2016

As plastic bag charges have proved to be a success in countries such as the United Kingdom and Hong Kong, local environmental group Zero Waste SG is calling for the Government to impose a levy on the use of plastic bags, with major supermarket chains and retailers taking the lead.

The non-governmental organisation made the call in their recommendation paper which was released on Monday (Sep 12). Singapore uses about 2.5 billion plastic bags a year and efforts by the Government to reduce plastic bags consumption have so far been limited, said Mr Eugene Tay, executive director of Zero Waste SG.

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Recommendation Paper on the Implementation of a Plastic Bag Charge in Singapore

September 12, 2016 by  
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Recommendation Paper on the Implementation of a Plastic Bag Charge in SingaporeIn June 2016, we published our Position Paper on the Reduction of Single-Use Plastic Disposables in Singapore, to urge the government and businesses to develop concrete plans and take bold actions to reduce the consumption of single-use plastic disposables.

As a follow-up to our Position Paper and to focus specifically on the problem of excessive usage and wastage of single-use plastic bags in Singapore, Zero Waste SG recently conducted a public survey on a plastic bag charge. The survey would help us to understand the opinion of supermarket shoppers on a charge for plastic bags and whether they are ready for a plastic bag charge in the future.

This recommendation paper 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.

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Poll on Plastic Bag Charge – Volunteer signup to conduct interview

July 25, 2016 by  
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Zero Waste SG is planning to crowdsource a public poll on plastic bags charge in Singapore. We are looking for 100 volunteers to conduct a short interview with customers at supermarkets. Each volunteer is expected to interview only 10 people at the supermarket location of their choice. If you are interested, pls sign up at http://goo.gl/forms/xxxR1BEBKbNVhLvh2 and we will get back to you soon. Thanks!

The tentative survey questions include:

  • Supermarket Name and Location
  • Gender and Age
  • Housing Type
  • Brought own reusable bag or own trolley?
  • If there is a 10 cents charge for each plastic bag, would you reduce the plastic bags that you take?
  • If there is a 10 cents charge for each plastic bag, would you bring your own reusable bags?
  • Would the 10 cents charge per plastic bag add to your financial burden?
  • What do you think is a reasonable charge for plastic bags?

Supermarts may start charging for plastic bags [News]

April 23, 2012 by  
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By Lee Jia Xin, The Straits Times, 23 Apr 2012.

Shoppers may need to pay for plastic bags in the future, if a proposal being studied is adopted.

The Singapore Environment Council (SEC) is studying ways to cut down on the excessive use of plastic bags here.

One of the options being considered is for supermarkets to start charging for plastic bags daily or on alternate days, The Straits Times has learnt.

The proposal involves provision shops too, and may also include food outlets and hawker stalls.

The study, which began this month, is expected to be concluded by June.

The findings are expected to be used to formulate a White Paper on the use of plastic bags in Singapore.

The SEC is a non-government organisation that facilitates and coordinates environmental causes here.

The Straits Times understands that a majority of the supermarkets here are not opposed to the idea of charging for plastic bags. But they would like to see the authorities put it into legislation before making such a move.

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