Singapore Packaging Agreement (Spa)

In order to reduce the amount of garbage bags used on site, RWS has also switched from regular containers to smart bins. These compact smart bins with greater capacity are able to compact waste and increase waste capacity, thus consuming fewer garbage bags. Since November 2019, 68 of the 104 ordinary containers have been replaced by 17 smart bins, which avoids about 1.80 tons of packaging materials per year. Two companies, Tetra Pak Jurong Pte Ltd and Nestlé Singapore (Pte) Ltd, will receive the Platinum Award, which is given to companies that win two consecutive awards. Tetra Pak had managed to save around 162 tonnes of paper per year by improving its printing and rolling processes, two of which produce beverage cartons. In addition, the company launched the Tetra Pak School Recycling Program in 2008 to encourage schools to recycle used beverage cartons. Tetra Pak has maintained this educational program for the past five years, offering educational trips and awards to encourage schools to continue their recycling efforts. Currently, 100 schools participate in this program. Nestlé Singapore has reduced plastic laminate losses by 0.13 tons per year by increasing the length of laminate per roll to reduce the frequency of changing laminate rolls in the production process of its MILO Hi-Calcium 3-in-1 and MILO Easy Cool 3-in-1 bags. The company also got rid of cardboard packaging for its laminated rolls, saving about 0.39 tons of paper packaging per year.

In addition, Nestlé changed the packaging of one of its seasoning products from a plastic bathtub to a plastic bag, saving 1.23 tonnes of plastic per year (see Appendix B for more information on the Tetra Pak and Nestlé projects). The PPP is a joint capacity development programme that will help companies meet their new mandatory packaging reporting obligations and enable the exchange of best practices in the area of sustainable packaging waste management from 1 January 2021. Signatories who submitted a case study on packaging waste reduction by February 29, 2020 for new initiatives implemented between March 1, 2019 and February 29, 2020 are eligible for the award. Andrew Tan, Chief Executive Officer of NEA, said: “Tackling waste at the source is important, and SPA is doing this by encouraging companies to reduce packaging waste while reducing costs. The second SPA builds on the success of the first by pursuing more ambitious goals and encouraging participants from other sectors of the industry to participate in the effort. THE NEA will work closely with the SPA to achieve these goals. Given that many of the signatories to the SPA are international companies, the definition of a “packer” in this agreement needs to be clearer. Take, for example, a company like Coca-Cola, which no longer has a manufacturing plant in Singapore. Thus, while Singapore distributes Coca-Cola products locally, the packaging of these products is done abroad, and the question of whether or not they should be “limited” by the SPA remains a grey area.

In 2018, about a third of the household waste disposed of consisted of packaging waste. About 55% of packaging waste was plastic packaging, while 25% was paper packaging. The remaining 20% consisted of other types of packaging materials such as metal and glass. 4 Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) received the Top Achievement Award in the MNC category for the third time. RWS has implemented many initiatives to reduce packaging waste, . B such as replacing its disposable sauce trays and plastic cups with reusable melamine cups in its Malaysian street food court, and eliminating unnecessary packaging, . B such as internal plastic packaging of retail products. RWS has also actively sensitized its employees to environmental sustainability. As part of the Singapore Packaging Agreement Awards for 2020, ten large companies and five small and medium-sized enterprises were awarded for their efforts to reduce packaging wasteJOIED PRESS SPACE BETWEEN NEA AND SMF In the analysis of the evaluation criteria of the SPA PRIZE, the candidates were selected as 1) packaging waste prevention, 2) recycling or reuse of packaging waste, 3) consumer education, 4) Use of recyclable/recycled packaging materials and 5) Reduction of other waste. The award, which is the reference for the vision and objectives of the SPA, always contains quantitative objectives that the signatories can achieve. In total, a total of 10,000 tons of packaging waste have been saved since the signing of the SPA, which equates to about $22 million. Participating companies have achieved these results through various initiatives, such as .B.

reduce the size and thickness of packaging, switch to reusable packaging in logistics processes or change the way products are packaged. iii. Implementation of waste prevention programmes (including packaging waste) 10 Goh added: “Excessive use of packaging is a waste of resources and increases our carbon footprint. We encourage all companies to make a concerted effort to reduce and recycle packaging waste to protect our environment. At the Singapore Packaging Agreement Awards 2017, Nestlé Singapore received the 10th Anniversary Special Achievement Award and the Top Achievement Award (MNC) for “consistent and outstanding performance in reducing packaging waste”, with Unilever Singapore winning the Merit Award. These are just two of the 16 multinationals and SMEs that won this year`s SPA Awards. The NEA acknowledges that Singapore “must curb the generation of packaging waste at (its) source.” In 2016, about 1.66 million tons of waste were disposed of by household management, a third of which came from packaging waste. .