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New packaging initiative in Singapore to develop sustainable packaging waste management

A joint initiative by the Singapore Manufacturing Federation (SMF) and the National Environment Agency (NEA), the Packaging Partnership Programme (PPP) aims to develop industry capability in the sustainable management of packaging waste.

As a capability development programme, the PPP will develop industry knowledge and expertise in managing packaging waste sustainably. Workshops and training sessions will be organised for members for the sharing and exchange of best practices in and updated information on the sustainable management of packaging waste.

In addition to priority registration for PPP workshops and trainings, members of PPP are eligible for up to double the funding amount under NEA’s 3R Fund.

Members will also be able to use the Logo for Products with Reduced Packaging on their products for which the amount of packaging materials used has been reduced.

Under the Mandatory Packaging Reporting requirements, producers of packaged products and retailers such as supermarkets with an annual turnover of more than $10 million will be required to collect packaging data and develop plans to reduce, reuse or recycle packaging materials.

The first reports are to be submitted by 31 March 2022.

This is a step towards making companies more aware of the environmental impact of the packaging that they supply to the market. The initiative hopes that this awareness will encourage producers to reduce the amount of packaging they use and the packaging waste that is generated as a result.

The PPP aims to be the one stop resource point to assist companies in their reporting under the MPR, while encouraging more companies to join in reducing packaging waste through reducing, reusing or recycling packaging materials. Together with my PPP Advisory Committee, we hope that through the PPP, more companies will come forward and pledge their support to be more environmentally friendly” in her speech during the PPP Conference,” said Betty Tan, Chairperson of the PPP Advisory Committee.

“The SMF has always encouraged our members to inculcate environmental sustainability into their business models. In this regard, I believe the SMF was one of the first few organisations in Singapore to align itself with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and we are proud to carry the Eco Office Certification. I am very happy that the SMF is partnering the NEA in administering the PPP and believe that this collaboration can only grow from strength to strength,” said SMF President, Douglas Foo.

The launch of the PPP is in alignment with The Singapore Packaging Agreement (SPA). Established since 2007, SPA is a joint initiative by government, industry, and non-governmental organisations to reduce packaging waste. SPA was a voluntary programme that offered members the flexibility to adopt cost-effective solutions to reduce waste.

To date, SPA has brought more than 200 organisations across Singapore together that cumulatively saved around 62,000 tonnes of packaging waste, amounting to $150 million in costs. Members include Resort World Sentosa, F&N Foods Pte Ltd and Nestlé Singapore.

More details about the PPP can be found at http://www.packaging-partnership.org.sg/.

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