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Packaging waste in Singapore

What is the extent of Singapore's packaging waste?
© Adam Smith Center, Singapore

In 2018, one-third of 6 million tonnes of Singapore’s waste was made up of packaging.

More than half of this packaging is made of plastic, but only 4% of plastic waste was recycled. This interactive news article shows the e-commerce waste produced in Singapore in 2019.

The accumulation of packaging waste adversely impacts wildlife species and causes environmental pollution. Given these detrimental effects, circularity and sustainability have become important linchpins in Singapore’s Green Plan and Zero Waste Masterplan. Such a design allows the extracting value from plastic waste and most importantly, keeping it out of the environment. This is an important step towards Singapore’s vision of a Zero Waste Nation. To expedite this transition, government policies and mandatory legislation are implemented to incentivize sustainable practices among businesses. This includes Mandatory Packaging Reporting.

© Adam Smith Center, Singapore
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