Training #5 Preparing for the Mandatory Packaging Reporting (MPR)

With producers required to report their packaging data in the 1st quarter of 2022 on the amount of packaging imported and/or used in 2021, the fifth PPP Training was held on 1 September 2021 to familiarise companies with the preparation of the Mandatory Packaging Reporting (MPR) report and how to develop and submit their 3R plans.

More than 130 business representatives from different industries, such as packaging producers, food manufacturers, retailers and distributors, were virtually present.

Ms Jasmine Tuan, Marketing Associate Director, and Ms Pek Hai Lin, Executive Director of Zero Waste SG, shared an overview of the local and global policy studies regarding plastic packaging, as well as how packaging waste will impact us.

Ms Jasmine Tuan shared that packaging waste has the lowest recycling rate at only 4%

Further to that, Ms Pek Hai Lin highlighted the cost savings and opportunities available to companies when they reduce their packaging waste. She also shared how companies could reduce packaging waste through packaging redesign by considering the entire life cycle and value chain of the product to ensure circularity of the packaging. At the same time, it was highlighted that material substitution was not necessarily better, e.g. plastic vs paper, in lieu of the misconceptions many companies have when choosing to employ material substitution.

Ms Pek Hai Lin shared what the different plastic identification code meant on the plastic packaging.

 

Mr Eric Chng, Team Lead for the Urban Resilience Team of Tembusu Asia Consulting, presented an overview of the requirements of the Mandatory Packaging Reporting and the deliverables for the report. He shared how the packaging data report should look like as well as the methodology proposed by NEA to collect the data. He highlighted that companies should check with NEA first, if they have their own methodology.

Mr Eric Chng shared on the timeline of the Mandatory Packaging Reporting

Mr Chng shared on the type of 3R Plans that companies could submit, including industry and/or consumer outreach plans related to packaging 3Rs.  He also advised the companies to speak to the different departments within their own company to better discuss and find out how the company could develop their 3R Plans for the 3-year period.

Mr Chng concluded his presentation with the key factors companies should look out for, to better align with the MPR and its goals.

Mr Eric Chng shared on 7 different 3R Plans that Companies could consider.

 

Mr Chee Yap, Executive Director APAC Innovation & Development, from Sealed Air Corporation shared on a holistic approach to reduce resource consumption as well as the key considerations such as designing packaging for the right application and hence, using less packaging material.

Mr Chee Yap shared on the Waste Hierarchy

Additionally, Mr Yap shared that the Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) was a good tool for companies to use to redesign their packaging to pursue sustainability across the entire supply chain. He presented numerous examples of packaging with improved recyclability, such as Mono-PP or Mono-PET materials in food packaging, and other types of packaging innovations. At the same time, the importance of preserving the shelf-life of products to minimize food waste was highlighted.

Mr Yap shared on examples of Sealed Air’s collaboration overseas with companies such as TESCO to achieve circularity for their food packaging materials.

Mr Yap concluded his presentation with examples of Sealed Air’s overseas collaborations, with other players of the value chain, coming together to achieve their sustainability goals and a circular economy.

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