Singapore to ‘relook’ timeline of beverage container return scheme following feedback: Amy Khor

It comes as Singapore prepares to roll out a beverage container return scheme, paving the way for a national framework that will make companies responsible for the take-back, recycling and disposal of packaging. 

The Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) scheme for packaging aims to boost recycling rates for packaging waste, which currently makes up about a third of household waste in Singapore, and reduce the amount sent to the landfill. 

It will be the second waste stream to have such a strategy being implemented. Last year, the EPR framework for e-waste came into effect, making producers, importers and retailers of electrical and electronic equipment accountable for the collection and proper treatment of e-waste.

According to the National Environment Agency’s latest waste report, just 6 per cent of Singapore’s plastic waste – which includes plastic packaging – was recycled last year, with the rest burned in waste-to-energy plants.

But the wheels are in motion to reduce Singapore’s mountain of packaging waste. 

Companies are now required to report the amount of packaging they use.

Under the Mandatory Packaging Reporting scheme, producers of packaged products whose gross annual revenue is above S$10 million are required to submit reports. This includes manufacturers, importers, brand owners as well as retailers such as supermarkets. 

The reports include information on the type and amount of packaging companies use for their products in Singapore, and plans to reduce, reuse or recycle them. 

The annual reports will lay the foundation for the EPR scheme which will be implemented no later than 2025. 

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