At the 2017 Singapore Packaging Agreement Awards, Nestlé Singapore received the 10th Anniversary Special Achievement Award and the Top Achievement Award (MNC) for their «consistent and outstanding performance in reducing packaging waste,» with Unilever Singapore winning the Merit Award. These are just two of the 16 MNCs and SMEs that received the SPA Awards this year. Since many of the BSG signatories are international groups, the definition of a «packager» in this agreement needs to be clearer. Take, for example, a company like Coca-Cola, which does not have a production site in Singapore for long. While Singapore markets Coca-Cola products locally, these products are packaged abroad and whether they should be «limited» by the BSG remains a grey area. In addition, spa and SPA prices clearly indicate that consumer awareness and education about waste is as important as reducing packaging and waste at the manufacturing level. But in 2016, only one of the 20 laureates showed consumer-focused awareness or information work. Packaging repositories for the following product categories are available on the following links: The LPRP is an eco-label managed by the packaging partnership (formerly spa). SPA Award winners (formerly known as the 3R Packaging Awards) and members of the Packaging Partnership Programme (PPP) are offered to print products that have been improved to reduce the amount of packaging materials used. The SPA Awards are commendable in that they encourage companies to improve their packaging and reduce waste in order to receive the coveted award.

However, the criteria for attribution must be transparently weighted. A look at the 2016 winners saw two extremes. In the same category, one company recorded annual savings of $117,000 and another $140. The NEA acknowledges that Singapore must «contain the production of packaging waste at its source.» In 2016, some 1.66 million tonnes of waste were disposed of by the national sector, a third of which came from packaging waste. 553,000 tonnes of packaging waste was included in more than 1,000 Olympic swimming pools. On the other hand, Japan`s packaging recycling law states that companies that use packaging, whether in the manufacture or sale of goods, are bound by law and are required to recycle their packaging. Defining an agreement with clear definitions reduces the appearance of fingers. Candidates were assessed on the basis of the SPA price evaluation criteria, which assessed 1) the prevention of packaging waste, 2) recycling or reuse of packaging waste, 3) consumer information, 4) the use of recycled packaging materials and 5) the reduction of other waste.

The prize is a measure of the vision and objectives of the G.S.O., and there is still a lack of quantitative targets for signatories to work. The annual spa awards were used to recognize the signatories who have made remarkable efforts and successes in reducing packaging waste. To help companies implement sustainable packaging waste management practices, the Singapore Manufacturing Federation has partnered with the National Environment Agency to implement a new industry-run program called the Packaging Partnership Program (PPP). 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. June 5 of this year was a monumental day for Singapore on two fronts. Singapore not only celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Singapore Packaging Agreement (SPA), but also announced the obligation to notify packaging data and the waste prevention plan.