To curb the generation of packaging waste, Singapore will make it mandatory for firms to report packaging data and packaging waste reduction plans annually, by 2021.
The National Environment Agency (NEA) tasked with keeping the country clean has noted that Singapore’s only landfill will be filled by 2035.
Close to 200 firms are currrently signatories to the Singapore Packaging Agreement, which provides a platform for industries to collaborate with the government to reduce packaging waste.
The agreement is currently voluntary to allow firms the flexibility to adopt the solutions they need.
At the 10thAnniversary Awards Ceremony Singapore’s Environment and Water Resources Minister Masagos Zulkifli noted that “While the efforts of businesses to reduce packaging waste under the SPA programme have been laudable, the amount of packaging waste reduced still remains low compared to the total amount of packaging waste disposed of in Singapore.”