EuroCham Singapore’s Sustainability Committee has released its position paper on degradable packaging and plastic ban as a solution to littering.
Representing the European business community in Singapore, EuroCham opposes regulations mandating the use of degradable plastics as a solution to littering and is convinced that banning the use of plastics for packaging will not solve the issue of littering.
It is further suggested that in the absence of effective waste management and recovery/recycling infrastructure their use is more likely to increase littering and its adverse environmental and public health impacts rather than reducing them.
In addition to identifying these problems, the European business community offers a comprehensive set of recommendations. In the paper, it is maintained that tackling the problem of littering can only be achieved via efficient waste management, infrastructure, and educational programs.
EuroCham is convinced that plastics when used and disposed properly play a crucial role in preventing food waste and in preserving the safety and quality of the food. It is precisely for this reason that only materials with suitable performance characteristics and which comply with the strictest safety standards are approved for use in food packaging.
This positioning paper is not available for public.
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