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Singapore Packaging Agreement 

Background

   The National Environment Agency (NEA) launched the first Singapore Packaging Agreement (SPA) in 2007 to reduce packaging waste, which constitutes about one-third by weight of Singapore’s domestic waste.  It was signed by various parties including industry associations, individual companies, non-governmental organisations, the Waste Management & Recycling Association of Singapore, public waste collectors and NEA on 5 June 2007, World Environment Day. 

   The SPA provides a platform and structure for industries to collaborate with the government to reduce packaging waste.  The Agreement is voluntary, so as to provide flexibility for the industry to adopt cost-effective solutions to reduce waste.

   The signatories had expressed keen interest to continue their participation in the programme as they had benefited from the achievements in waste reduction and cost savings.  Therefore, when the first SPA expired on 30 June 2012, a second SPA took its place, with effect from 1 July 2012.

   As at 30 June 2013, a total of 128 signatories had joined the second SPA. Click here for the full list of signatories.

Click here to see the contents of the second Singapore Packaging Agreement
Click here for Annex 1 - Desired Outcomes and Key Performance Indicators
Click here for Annex 2 - Sector Action Plans                                                        

Governing Board

   A Governing Board oversees the implementation of the SPA. The Chairman and Deputy Chairman are Mr Albert Lim (Honorary Chairman, Packaging Council of Singapore) and Mr Sunny Koh (Honorary Chairman, Singapore Manufacturing Federation, F&B Industry Group), respectively. Click here for the full list of Governing Board members.

Progress Update

  The signatories had made commendable progress in reducing waste since the launch of the Agreement in 2007.  Over the past 6 years (i.e. from 1 July 2007 to 30 June 2013), the signatories have cumulatively reduced about 14,900 tons of packaging waste, with cumulative savings of more than S$31 million in the material costs of locally consumed products. 

3R Packaging Awards

  The 3R Packaging Awards serve to recognise signatories who have made notable efforts and achievements in reducing packaging waste and are given out annually. 

   In 2013, 16 companies were selected to receive the 3R Packaging Awards.  They received the awards from Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, at the Waste Management Symposium 2013 on 2 July 2013 at Max Atria, Singapore Expo.

The Award recipients in 2013 were as follows:

Platinum Award:
 1. Nestlé Singapore (Pte) Ltd
 2. Tetra Pak Jurong Pte Ltd

Gold Award:
 1. Asia Pacific Breweries (Singapore) Pte Ltd
 2. CROWN Beverage Cans Singapore Pte Ltd
 3. Greenpac (S) Pte Ltd
 4. Ha Li Fa Pte Ltd
 5. Starlite Printers (Far East) Pte Ltd
 6. Subway Singapore Development Pte Ltd
 7. Sunfresh Singapore Pte Ltd
 8. Winrigo (S) Pte Ltd
 9. Wyeth Nutritionals (Singapore) Pte Ltd

Distinction Award:
 1. Nestlé Singapore (Pte) Ltd
 2. ST Aerospace Engineering Pte Ltd
 3. Tetra Pak Jurong Pte Ltd

Merit Award:
 1. Asia Pacific Breweries (Singapore) Pte Ltd
 2. Chee Seng Oil Factory Pte Ltd
 3. CROWN Beverage Cans Singapore Pte Ltd
 4. Greenpac (S) Pte Ltd
 5. Ha Li Fa Pte Ltd
 6. LHT Holdings Ltd
 7. Seagate Technology International
 8. Starlite Printers (Far East) Pte Ltd
 9. Subway Singapore Development Pte Ltd
10.Sunfresh Singapore Pte Ltd
11.Toshiba TEC Singapore Pte Ltd
12.Winrigo (S) Pte Ltd
13.Wyeth Nutritionals (Singapore) Pte Ltd

   The commendable work done by the 2013 Distinction and Merit Award winners in reducing waste can be found in the 3R Packaging Awards 2013 Booklet.

  The packaging waste reduction case studies of previous years’ winners may be found at the links below:

Joining the Agreement

  Companies that are currently not parties to the Second Singapore Packaging Agreement, but wish to join the Agreement can do so any time over its 3-year validity period (1 July 2012 to 30 June 2015) simply by completing the application form and sending the completed form to spa@nea.gov.sg.

  If you wish to obtain more information about the Singapore Packaging Agreement, please email spa@nea.gov.sg or contact any of the following personnel listed below:

Mr Tein Jun Gang
Tel: 6731 9552
Ms Sharon Wong
Tel: 6731 9516
Ms Carrie Wong
Tel: 6731 9435
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