The Singapore Packaging Agreement

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The two main objectives of the SPA are 1) the reduction of waste from product packaging and 2) the awareness and information of consumers on waste reduction. NEA evaluates its signatories in their “outstanding efforts and successes in reducing packaging waste” and honors the best practices of their signatories at the Singapore Packaging Agreement Awards (formerly known as the 3R Packaging Awards). Since packaging is so widespread but little reused, we need to find ways to reduce and consume it more sustainably. We support basic initiatives through financial support. One such initiative was Zero Waste SG`s Bring Your Own (BYO) campaign, supported by the call for Ideas Fund, which aimed to encourage consumers to use reusable bags and containers when buying food, beverages and take-away food. Since 2017, more than 400 retail businesses have joined the campaign and are incentivize customers who bring their own reusables. This has saved about two million disposable items and plastic packaging. The NEA used BYO`s success to support Zero Waste SG with the Partnership Fund to expand the 2019 Bring Your Own Bag (BYOB) campaign to focus on reducing the use of disposable plastic bags. To support companies on the path to sustainable packaging waste management practices, the Singapore Manufacturing Federation has partnered with the National Environment Agency to set up a new industry-managed programme called the Packaging Partnership Programme (PPP). Packaging criteria for the following product categories are available at the following links: 16 companies receive 3R Packaging Awards [News] By Monica Kotwani, Channel NewsAsia, 3 Jul. Sixteen companies received the 3rd Packaging Awards on Tuesday for their efforts to reduce waste from product packaging.

Tetra Pak Jurong and Nestlé Singapore were among the recognized companies. They were honored at the WasteMet Asia 2012 Networking Dinner, part of the first CleanEnviro Summit. The packaging waste reduction case studies of the winners from previous years are as follows: In the packaging space, PepsiCos aims to be 100% recyclable, compostable or biodegradable in its packaging, increase recycled materials in its plastic packaging, reduce packaging carbon pollution and work to increase recycling rates by 2025. In addition, the SPA and SPA awards clearly demonstrate the importance of consumer awareness and information about waste, as well as the reduction of packaging and waste at the manufacturing level. However, in 2016, only one of the 20 winners achieved consumer awareness or consumer information. In 2017, the 10th anniversary of the SPA was marked by the introduction of two prestigious unique awards – the 10th Anniversary Special Award to honour consistent and successful performers in reducing packaging waste, and the 10th Anniversary Outreach Award to honour organisations or individuals who have actively worked for the SPA and its objectives. The SPA 10th Anniversary brochure with the case studies of the signatories from 2007 to 2017 can be downloaded here [PDF, 1.51 MB] and the successes of the winners of the 10th Anniversary Special Prize, the 10th Anniversary Outreach Award and the SPA Awards 2017 are available in the SPA Prize 2017 below. The Singapore Packaging Agreement (SPA) was a joint initiative of government, industry and NGOs to reduce packaging waste, which accounts for about a third of the weight of household waste discarded in Singapore. The agreement was voluntary to offer industry flexibility to find inexpensive solutions for waste reduction.. .

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