The main objective of the BSG is 1) to reduce waste from product packaging and 2) to raise awareness and awareness of waste prevention among consumers. The NEA values its signatories to the „remarkable efforts and achievements in reducing packaging waste” and pays tribute to the best practices of its signatories to the Singapore Packaging Agreement Awards (formerly known as the 3R Packaging Awards). FEATURE: How Singapore Companies Reduce Their Packaging Footprint The Singapore Packaging Agreement (SPA) has been a joint initiative of government, industry and NGOs to reduce packaging waste, accounting for about one-third of the weight of Singapore`s disposed household waste. The agreement was voluntary to give industry the flexibility to find low-cost waste prevention solutions. For many companies, the shift to early packaging waste reduction can be frightening. This is particularly the case for a company that may not have the financial means or resources to use research and development to reinvent its packaging, to become more environmentally friendly. Singapore should be proud to take the lead in the fight against packaging waste at the national level. With further improvements to the GSB, Singapore can certainly become a leader in waste management in ASEAN. Mandatory notification of packaging data and 3R plans for packaging will be introduced in 2020 and governed by the Resource Sustainability Act. This is based on a binding waste reporting framework for major shopping centres and hotels, which will be extended in 2020 to all major industrial and commercial premises, including major convention and exhibition centres. Initially, manufacturers of packaged products and supermarkets with annual sales in excess of $10 million are required to report the packaging data they have put on the market and their 3R packaging plans. The SPA was signed between the NEA, industry associations, individual companies and NGOs with the priority of reducing packaging waste.
The SPA, signed in 2007, now has 197 signatories, including industry groups such as the Food Industry Asia and the Trade-Industry Association (Singapore). Signatories also include multi-billion euro companies such as Unilever and Coca-Cola, as well as building owners and commercial managers such as Marina Bay Sands and Siloso Beach Resort.