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 31 May 2014, a total of 149 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
A Governing Board oversees the implementation of the SPA. The Chairman, 1st Deputy Chairman and 2nd Deputy Chairman are Mr Ong Lye Huat (Head of EHS and Security, Abbott Manufacturing Singapore Pte Ltd), Dr Lee Hui Mien (Regional Sustainability Manager, Ikano Retail Asia) and Mr Victor Chai (Director (Fresh and Frozen Food), Purchasing and Merchandising Office), NTUC FairPrice Co-operative Ltd), respectively. Click here for the full list of Governing Board members.
The signatories had made commendable progress in reducing waste since the launch of the Agreement in 2007. Over the past 7 years from July 2007, the signatories have cumulatively reduced about 20,000 tons of packaging waste, with cumulative savings of more than S$44 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 2014, 20 companies were selected to receive the 3R Packaging Awards. They received the awards from the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, at the WasteMET Asia and CleanMET Asia Industry Networking Dinner on 3 June 2014 at the Singapore Art Museum.
The Award recipients in 2014 were as follows:
1. Nestlé Singapore (Pte) Ltd
2. Tetra Pak Jurong Pte Ltd
1. Asia Pacific Breweries (Singapore) Pte Ltd
2. Greenpac (S) Pte Ltd
3. Ha Li Fa Pte Ltd
4. Seagate Technology International
5. Starlite Printers (Far East) Pte Ltd
6. Subway Singapore Development Pte Ltd
7. Sunfresh Singapore Pte Ltd
8. Toshiba TEC Singapore Pte Ltd
9. Wyeth Nutritionals (Singapore) Pte Ltd
1. Nestlé Singapore (Pte) Ltd
2. Seagate Technology International
3. Tetra Pak Jurong Pte Ltd
1. Abbot Manufacturing Singapore Pte Ltd
2. Asia Pacific Breweries (Singapore) Pte Ltd
3. Boncafé International Pte Ltd
4. City Developments Limited (City Square Mall)
5. Cooking Art Industries Pte Ltd
6. F&N Foods Pte Ltd
7. Greenpac (S) Pte Ltd
8. Ha Li Fa Pte Ltd
9. Hewlett-Packard (Singapore) Pte Ltd
10. Ikano Pte Ltd
11. Prima Food Pte Ltd
12. Starlite Printers (Far East) Pte Ltd
13. Subway Singapore Development Pte Ltd
14. Sunfresh Singapore Pte Ltd
15. Thong Siek Food Industry Pte Ltd
16. Toshiba TEC Singapore Pte Ltd
17. Wyeth Nutritionals (Singapore) Pte Ltd
The commendable work done by the 2014 Distinction and Merit Award winners in reducing waste can be found in the 3R Packaging Awards 2014 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you wish to obtain more information about the Singapore Packaging Agreement, please email email@example.com or contact any of the following personnel listed below:
|Mr Tein Jun Gang |
Tel: 6731 9205
|Ms Sharon Wong |
Tel: 6731 9516
|Ms Carrie Wong |
Tel: 6731 9435