Initiative to build industry capability in sustainable management of packaging waste launched

THE Packaging Partnership Programme (PPP) was launched by the Singapore Manufacturing Federation (SMF) and the National Environment Agency (NEA) on Wednesday. The programme aims to develop industry capability in the sustainable management of packaging waste, said SMF and NEA in a joint statement.

According to the statement, the PPP is a capability development programme that will develop industry knowledge and expertise in sustainably managing packaging waste. Workshops and training sessions will be organised for members for the sharing of best practices and updated information on the sustainable management of packaging waste.

Members of PPP are also eligible for up to double the funding amount under NEA's 3R Fund, a scheme that encourages organisations to reduce waste disposed of at NEA's incineration plants and disposal facilities through the implementation of waste minimisation and recycling projects.

Further, members will be able to use the Logo for Products with Reduced Packaging on their products for which the amount of packaging materials used has been reduced.

Other waste management initiatives under the NEA include the Mandatory Packaging Reporting (MPR) requirements, where producers of packaged products and retailers with an annual turnover of more than S$10 million will be required to collect packaging data and develop plans to reduce, reuse or recycle packaging materials.

The first reports are due by March 31, 2022.

Chairperson of the PPP Advisory Committee Betty Tan said: "The PPP aims to be the one stop resource point to assist companies in their reporting under the MPR, while encouraging more companies to join in reducing packaging waste through reducing, reusing or recycling packaging materials."

The programme was launched after the Singapore Packaging Agreement Awards 2020, which recognised over 100 signatories for their efforts in reducing waste. Due to the Covid-19 situation, the awards was held this year.

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