Singapore Packaging Agreement (Spa)

Under the DPE, manufacturers are taxed on any product purchased by the consumer. Taxes are spent on key initiatives such as recycling awareness, behavior change, infrastructure. Tax reductions are imposed on manufacturers who use more environmentally friendly packaging or materials. The EPD tax, which varies considerably from country to country, forces manufacturers to review their packaging choices and encourages them to educate consumers to recycle their products. Since packaging is so widespread but little reused, we need to find ways to reduce and consume it more sustainably. The Singapore Packaging Agreement (SPA) was a joint initiative of government, industry and NGOs to reduce packaging waste, which accounts for about a third of the weight of household waste discarded in Singapore. The agreement was voluntary to provide industry with flexibility to find cost-effective solutions to reduce waste. For example, the European Union Packaging Directive has set very clear targets for the recovery of packaging waste. The directive provides that at least 55-80% of packaging waste must be recycled by 2008.

This is a quantitative target that all companies can work towards, so many countries in Europe are often considered for their environmental protection. The packaging is not bad. It extends the shelf life of food and protects new products from damage during transport. However, the problem is excessive packaging. That`s why we`re introducing measures to encourage companies to produce sustainably by reducing upstream packaging. Adopting a circular economy approach to close the resource channels of food waste, electrical waste and packaging waste, including plastics, will bring us closer to our zero-waste future, where both households and industry consume less, waste less and recycle more. While the SPA and the resulting awards represent a sectoral commitment to waste reduction, it is still in its infancy. In his preface to the 2016 Awards, the Chairman of the Singapore Packaging Agreement Governing Board, Ong Lye Huat, agrees that “there is still plenty of room for improvements in terms of expanding industry participation and increased corporate commitment to reducing packaging waste.” .

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