NEA to study disposable packaging's environmental impact

NEA to study disposable packaging's environmental impact

The study will evaluate the environmental impact associated with all the stages of a disposable’s life cycle, says NEA.

People queue for food at a hawker centre in Singapore
People queue for food at a hawker centre in Singapore. (File photo: Reuters/Edgar Su)

SINGAPORE: A study to assess disposable packaging for takeaway food or dining in, and single-use carriers, was called by the National Environment Agency on Wednesday (Aug 24).

To better inform its policies on the use of disposable packaging, NEA will be conducting a study to analyse how different packaging materials commonly used for food compare in terms of cost and impact on the environment, it said in its press release.

The study will evaluate the environmental impact associated with all the stages of a disposable’s life cycle. This would cover the raw materials needed, as well as the manufacture, distribution, use and disposal of the disposable, the agency explained.

"The study will provide insights into whether alternatives to commonly used disposables can be less damaging on the environment," NEA said.

The tender will close on Sep 13, and the study is expected to start either in September or October this year and end by the second quarter of 2017, it added.

Source: CNA/kk

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