Last week, Singapore’s National Environment Agency (NEA) shared some alarming data on plastic waste in Singapore. While some traditional retailers such as KFC have taken measures to reduce their plastic footprint — in June, KFC became the first fast food chain in Singapore to remove plastic straws and lids from its restaurants, a move that will save 17.8 metric tonnes of single-use plastic a year — the fastest growing contributer to Singapore’s waste burden is t he online food delivery sector, which is predicted to triple … It is a positive step in Singapore’s journey towards becoming a Zero Waste Nation, and to prolong the … Only 4 per cent was recycled. Singapore incinerates its waste instead of putting it directly into landfills. The difference was then divided by the 1,110 respondents to attain the average amount of plastic waste generated for each household a week, for both the period before and during the circuit breaker. By 2050, there could be more plastics in the ocean than fish by weight. 0000065939 00000 n Low De Wei and Ann Koh 24 June, 2020 3:07 pm IST. This is equivalent to the weight of 92 double-decker buses, and … NEA. The survey asked for respondents to indicate how many meals they ordered for their households on average each week before and during the circuit breaker. 0000065677 00000 n 0000024846 00000 n 0000067857 00000 n 0000001688 00000 n SINGAPORE, June 6 — An extra 1,334 tonnes of plastic waste, equivalent to the weight of 92 double-decker buses, was generated from takeaway and delivery meals during the two-month circuit breaker period of stay-home curbs, a survey has found. The team then calculated the weight of disposable cutlery and containers generated through these orders for each of the respondents. The team then found that based on these calculations, Singaporean households generated an extra 1,334 tonnes of plastic waste during the circuit breaker. 0000005407 00000 n 0000066036 00000 n 0000004747 00000 n Singapore, June 11, 2020 – The Alliance to End Plastic Waste (the Alliance) today announced a new partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to address global ocean plastic pollution by implementing local solutions across rapidly urbanising cities in Asia. From technical leaders, engineers, scientists … The frequency of online grocery purchases increased by 50 per cent, from 34 to 51 orders for every 100 households each week. It was done at a time when environmental efforts, such as bring-your-own-container schemes, have ground to a halt during the Covid-19 pandemic. There were 1,329 takeaway meals for every 100 households before the circuit breaker, and this rose to 1,565 meals during the period. The study found that among those who bought groceries more frequently, 69 respondents aged 29 and younger made online purchases for their households an average of 17 times each week before the circuit breaker. %PDF-1.7 %���� In 2019, about 7.23 million tonnes of solid waste was generated, of which 4.25 million tonnes were recycled. trailer <<2883412B30624613A6CCE687E45D94F3>]/Prev 608851>> startxref 0 %%EOF 124 0 obj <>stream Total volume of plastic waste generated in Singapore from 2011 to 2019 (in 1,000 metric tons) [Graph]. SINGAPORE, Aug 13 — A ban on plastic bags is not a move that the government will make “in a hurry,” given that Singapore already incinerates its plastic waste and harvests energy from that process, said Minister for Sustainability and the Environment Grace Fu. Those initiatives have been selected from roughly 600 applications that have been submitted … 0000008233 00000 n 0000004067 00000 n 0000017823 00000 n The team proposed several recommendations to cut down plastic waste based on its findings: As its next step, the team will share the survey recommendations to the relevant authorities, such as the National Environment Agency and food delivery businesses, to guide their policymaking and business decisions. 0000003528 00000 n In Singapore, about 700 million kg of plastic waste is discarded every year. 0000022197 00000 n 79 46 Study: Singapore households generated additional 1,334 tonnes of plastic waste during circuit breaker Saturday, 06 Jun 2020 01:48 PM MYT Amid heightened concerns about hygiene and a surge in food delivery and takeaway orders because of the circuit breaker, the consumption of single-use plastics has inevitably spiked. It has also facilitated adherence to social-distancing rules, by enabling home delivery of basic goods, especially food. How are businesses trying to drive change – Brands’ initiatives to help reduce plastic waste and promote a sustainable environment include replacing all plastic packaging with recycled plastic products, replacing single use plastic containers and straws with eco-friendly products and launching promotions to encourage non-plastic use.