Unlocking Sustainable Packaging Opportunities in Singapore

In Singapore, waste generation has increased six-fold over the past 40 years reaching a total of 5.88 million tonnes in 2020. Data reported in 2020 suggests that Singapore has a high industrial (which includes construction waste etc.) recycling rate; domestic recycling was put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Waste data in 2018 indicate that packaging waste made up one-third of disposal – of which, 55% is plastic waste, 25% is paper waste and 20% is other materials like glass and metal.

Packaging waste has been identified as one of Singapore’s priority waste streams for closing the loop and achieving Singapore’s vision of a Zero Waste Nation. To highlight, the plastic recycling rate remains at 4% in recent years despite the high volume of plastic waste generated.

A joint Singapore Environment Council study with strategic partner KPMG Singapore, “Unlocking Sustainable Packaging Opportunities in Singapore” aims to uncover opportunities to build a circular economy for packaging materials in Singapore.

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Advancing a Circular Economy for Food: Key Drivers and Recommendations to Reduce Food Loss and Waste in Singapore

Every year, around 342,000 tonnes of food loss occurs in Singapore from farm to market, contributing to an estimated $2.54 billion worth of food loss annually. Food loss and food waste occurs at every stage of the entire food supply chain, from upstream to midstream and downstream to retail and consumers.

A joint Singapore Environment Council study with strategic international partner Deloitte Singapore, “Advancing a Circular Economy for Food: Key Drivers and Recommendations to Reduce Food Loss and Waste in Singapore” indicates that all is not lost.

View Addendum to the position paper by the Singapore Environment Council.

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Re-conomy: Creating A New Plastics Economy

The population of Singapore is using a minimum of 1.76 billion plastic items each year. This includes 820 million plastic bags from supermarkets, 467 million PET bottles, and 473 million plastic disposable items. Other key findings of the study showed that Singapore’s recycling efforts and supporting markets within Singapore that demand recycled plastic.

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Plastic Bag Position Paper

Gain a detailed and thorough understanding by reading studySEC’s position paper. The wastage of plastic bags is a serious issue, and we at SEC take a serious view on it. We have compiled studies and analysis to show the harmful aspects, and hope to bring on a change in the mindset and behaviour of the population.

If you wish for a more sustainable future for our children and generations to come, continue the momentum of our effort. It is through education that Singapore has become a first-world nation. It is through education, that we must now maintain a ‘first-world environment’.

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