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Close To 100 Partners, Over 2100 Owners Of Premises Have Pledged To Say Yes To Waste Less This Year

14 Sep 2020

In its second run, the Say YES campaign will cover more than 2,100 premises and focus on encouraging the nation to reduce food wastage and the consumption of disposables.

Singapore, 14 September 2020 – The National Environment Agency (NEA) today launched its second Say YES to Waste Less (SYTWL) campaign with 95 partners this year, an increase from the 59 partners in last year’s SYTWL campaign. They comprise major food and beverage (F&B) outlets, food delivery services, a bank, malls and retail chains, telecommunications service providers, hotels, schools, and non-governmental organisations, among many others. Covering more than 2,100 premises, the partners’ efforts are aimed at encouraging the public to reduce the use of disposables and/or food wastage.

2          The SYTWL campaign is about encouraging everyone to lead a sustainable lifestyle by reducing waste. Building on last year’s activities, this year’s SYTWL campaign focuses on driving awareness of simple actions we can take to reduce food wastage as well as to reduce the consumption of disposables. Food waste is one of the largest waste streams in Singapore and has increased by around 20 per cent over the last 10 years. In 2019, Singapore generated around 744,000 tonnes of food waste, which is equivalent to each individual discarding two bowls of food per day. Separately, 200,000 tonnes of domestic waste disposed of in 2019 were disposables, comprising items such as carrier bags and takeaway containers/cutlery. These were enough to fill up about 400 Olympic-size swimming pools.

3          The increasing amount of food waste and disposable use puts pressure on Singapore’s resources to build more waste disposal facilities, which will not be sustainable in the long run given our land constraints. Therefore, it is crucial for all of us to do more to reduce food wastage and the consumption of all types of disposables.

4          SYTWL’s call-to-action features simple tips that everyone can adopt, which include buying and ordering only the amount of food you can finish, as well as bringing along a reusable bag, bottle, and/or container whenever heading out.

YEStival (18 – 22 October 2020)

5          As part of SYTWL this year, YEStival, a five-day online festival celebrating and promoting the actions we can take to reduce our disposables and food waste, will be held from 18-22 October. YEStival’s daily content will feature local personalities as they explore and share how they play their part in Singapore’s journey towards becoming a zero waste nation. The public is encouraged to join YEStival and to follow facebook.com/CGSingapore for more information on the festival. Please refer to Annex A for more information.

Partner Initiatives

6          In support of the campaign, 95 partners have committed to various actions in line with reducing food wastage and/or disposables. On food waste, these include prompting customers to ask for smaller food portions, planning meals in advance, and making use of blemished or surplus food in other food products. On disposables, the initiatives include doing away with use of use of disposables for takeaways, and offering perks such as free toppings, discounts or loyalty points for customers who do so. This year, the campaign also welcomes DBS as the first bank to join the Say YES to Waste Less movement. Please refer to Annex B for more information on the 95 partners and their initiatives and promotions encouraging zero waste lifestyle, and Annex C for the SYTWL campaign visuals.

7          Mr Tan Meng Dui, Chief Executive Officer of NEA said, “We are encouraged by the growing number of partners who have come onboard to support the Say YES to Waste Less campaign, which is only in its second run. We now have almost 100 partners, with the network of participating outlets growing from 1,600 last year to more than 2,100 this year. By leveraging on the partners’ reach and various Say YES initiatives, as well as our YEStival, we hope to mobilise more of the public towards the habit of bringing their own reusables and reducing food wastage, to create a more sustainable future for Singapore.”

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ANNEX A

About YEStival

YEStival is an online programme consisting a series of content such as short videos published on CGS Facebook featuring Singapore’s favourite personalities with inspiring video content devoted to promoting a zero waste lifestyle through communicating actionable zero waste lifestyle tips to reduce disposables and food wastage, and profiling efforts of selected SYTWL partners. Viewers will get a chance to be part of each episode through fun live polls in each session and stand to win prizes when they tune in live and Say YES to Waste Less.

An outline of YEStival’s programme:

Segment

 

18 Oct 2020, 7.30pm

 

Opening Interview

Opening Interview with Ms Grace Fu, Minister for Sustainability and the Environment, hosted by Julie Tan.

 

18 Oct 2020, 7.45pm

 

Dabao Sundays with Xiao Ming

Social influencer and CEO of SGAG Xiao Ming will share what Dabao Sundays is all about and engage viewersto bring their own containers when ordering takeaways.

 

19 Oct, 7.30pm

Embracing Reusables with Annette Lee

SGAG’s Annette Lee will show us how easy it is not to rely on disposables with some interesting options.

 

20 Oct, 7.30pm

 

Grocery Shopping with Hayley &Jayley Woo

Famous twins Hayley and Jayley Woo will be taking part in a grocery shopping experiment to share how we could reduce food wastage during grocery shopping.

 

21 Oct, 7.30pm

 

Eating Right with Benjamin Kheng & Naomi Yeo

Newly-engaged celebrity couple, Benjamin Kheng and Naomi Yeo, will share tips and techniques to prepare meals based on the portions needed.

 

22 Oct, 7.30pm

 

Waste Nothing with Lennard Yeong &Munah Bagharib

Host and actress Munah Bagharib will learn from Singapore’s own Masterchef Asia finalist, Lennard Yeong, how to waste nothing when cooking.

 

22 Oct, 7.45pm

Singaporeans Said YES! With Julie Tan

Julie Tan will bring YEStival to a close by summarising the events of the past week and Singaporeans’ commitment to saying YES to Waste Less.

 



ANNEX B

Say YES to Waste Less Campaign Partners’ Initiatives

Name of Organisation

Initiatives on Say YES to Waste Less

Collaborating Partner – DBS

DBS is the first bank to become a partner in NEA’s Say YES to Waste Less campaign. DBS and Chope have jointly launched DBS-Chope Last-hour Deals, offering attractive discounts to encourage diners to dine at 60 participating F&B outlets across Singapore in the final hours before closing, so as to minimise wastage of fresh produce.

Using DBS and POSB payment methods, diners are able to enjoy up to 50% off their bill when dining at any of the 60 participating F&B outlets from 7pm to 10pm daily. Diners will also be able to enjoy an additional SGD3 discount for all customers who purchase a minimum of SGD30 worth of DBS-Chope Last-hour deals on the ChopeDeals page (https://shop.chope.co/) and Chope app with effect from 1 September 2020 when payment is made with DBS Paylah!.The additional DBS discount will be valid from 1 September 2020 till 30 November 2020, and will be limited to the first 900 redemptions per month.

DBS’ partnership in NEA’s Say YES to Waste Less campaign aligns with the bank’s sustainability agenda and advocacy efforts to encourage the public and businesses to Live more, Waste less. These range from significantly reducing the use of single-use plastic bottles in its operations, to working with various food support organisations and DBS Foundation social enterprises to reduce food waste while enhancing Singapore’s food security. The bank also commissioned its own award-winning mini-series Sparks, inspired by true stories of social enterprises, to help raise awareness and galvanise action from the public on an array of sustainability topics, including food waste management and reducing plastic pollution.

Read more about DBS’ zero food waste efforts at https://go.dbs.com/zero-food-waste.

25 Degrees

25 Degrees offers a 20% discount on take-away orders when guests bring their own containers to encourage lesser use of disposable packaging.

4FINGERS

Since May 2018, 4FINGERS has been encouraging customers to skip the use of plastic straws by removing all straw dispensers. Besides straws, 4FINGERS also urges customers to use fewer plastic bags for takeaways as much as possible.

7-Eleven

7-Eleven cashiers have been providing verbal nudges to customers at cashier points by asking if they need a bag for their purchases. Additionally, to encourage customers to bring their own reusable cups, 7-Eleven introduced the sale of reusable 7Cafe Tumbler in stores earlier this year. 40% of their reusable tumblers is made up of used cups, and 7-Eleven's goal is for customers to utilise these or other reusable cups to help minimise the impact to the environment for a more sustainable future.

Accor Group

Accor Hotels & Resorts in Singapore have eliminated from their properties all disposable plastics items such as straws, stirrers and cotton buds, while progressively reducing packaging and other single-use items such as plastic bottles.

Thanks to their commitment, in 2019, Accor hotels in Singapore have managed to eliminate over 1.5 million plastic straws, over 600,000 plastic water bottles, close to 500,000 plastic takeaway containers and cutlery, and over 800,000 plastic bags. In the area of food waste, Accor properties in Singapore have implemented a slew of major initiatives including an in-house aquaponics, a first in the industry, and partnerships with local farmers, to reduce food waste at the source.

barePack

barePack's mission is to replaceSingapore's +450 million single-use plastic containers disposed of every year. Working with cafes, restaurants, food stalls, online food platforms and corporate partners, barePack’s App-enabled ecosystem of returnable reusablesmakes it a easy and affordable to ditch disposable packaging for takeaway & delivery.

Café Milligram

Café Milligram creates a contemporary eco-friendly space for coffee and food enthusiasts, helping them to make healthier lifestyle and environmentally friendly choices. The company welcomes customers to bring their own reusable containers and cups for take-away orders, and have partnered barePack and delivery vendors to further encourage customers to opt for reusables. Café Milligram also raises awareness on the importance of reducing disposables through in-store reminders and sharing of messages on its online platforms.

CapitaLand

CapitaLand is the real estate company with the most number of properties supporting the “Say YES to Waste Less” campaign for the second consecutive year. In 2020, about 100 CapitaLand properties are involved in promoting the campaign to its customers. Digital banners and posters displayed at CapitaLand’s properties will remind its shoppers and tenants to reduce waste and lead more sustainable lifestyles.

Sustainability is an integral part of CapitaLand’s business. CapitaLand encourages its customers to reduce and recycle in its on-going structured recycling programme. In June 2020, CapitaLand also partnered with NEA to roll out 11 reverse vending machines (RVMs) at its malls islandwide, offering a convenient and rewarding way to recycle. For every 10 drink containers recycled, shoppers can receive 10 STAR$® to redeem eCapitaVouchers and eDeals on the CapitaStar App. As of31 August 2020, the 11 RVMs collected more than21,200drink containers.

Central Singapore Community Development Council (CDC)

Central Singapore CDC (CS CDC) will engage and encourage stakeholders to support the 'Say YES to Waste Less' campaign through online publicity amplification throughout this period.

CS CDC hopes to encourage residents to embark on a zero-waste journey by:

  • Reducing food wastage, i.e. request for smaller food portions, buy what is required, and plan meals in advance.
  • Reducing the use of disposables, i.e. use reusable cutlery, as well as bring your own containers when doing takeaways.

Chope

Chope will be rolling out DBS-Chope Last-hour deals on their ChopeDeals page (https://shop.chope.co/) and Chope app with effect from 1 September 2020. This offers diners up to 50% off their bill when dining at any of the 60 participating F&B outlets from 7pm to 10pm daily as they wind down towards the end of each day. This initiative hopes to reduce the amount of food waste that inevitably gets thrown away, while rewarding diners with more savings.

City Developments Limited (CDL)

In Jan 2020, City Developments Limited hosted a food waste minimisation forum in line with Singapore's Year Towards Zero Waste in 2019 and ahead of the launch of "2020: Singapore Food Story". During the circuit breaker, CDL continued to engage the public and push the sustainability agenda by organising a series of virtual events under the helm of the Singapore Sustainability Academy starting in May 2020, covering topics such as food waste reduction ("Is Ugly Food Really Ugly?") and sustainable lifestyle practices ("Sustainable Habits: Old and New - For Keeps"). Their annual # The Youth4Climate Global Conversations, a youth webinar featuring international youth advocates as panellists and attendees from over 25 countries, was introduced in June to inspire and call for greater climate action amongst youth communities. In addition, the annual Youth4Climate concert was premiered during MSE’s Climate Action Week in August 2020, in support of the global and national agenda for climate action and to aid social causes through the President’s Challenge.

Clear Channel

Clear Channel communicates to all employees to reduce food waste by requesting for less ingredients (rice/noodles) instead of throwing uneaten food away. Employees are advised to bring their own containers for takeaway food rather than using Styrofoam packs or plastic containers.

Cold Storage/Jasons/Jasons Deli/Marketplace

Cold Storage, Marketplace and Jasons stopped giving out straws since May 2019 and encouraged customers to bring their own reusable containers and bags. They also worked with Zero Waste SG to put up donation bins for reusable bags at several locations.

ComfortDelGro

ComfortDelGro continues to inform all the food and drink stalls' owners in its bus depot/interchange to provide plastic straws to customers only if requested.

Conservation International

Conservation International Singapore engages with schools through its environmental education programme which aims to translate knowledge about global environmental issues into action. Through telling the story of plastic for example, the programme encourages students to be curious about the uses and abuses of plastic in their lives and learn to practise the 5Rs: refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle, report.

Copthorne King's Hotel

Copthorne King’s Hotel has been encouraging the reduction of single used plastics within its premises. Initiatives include replacing single-use plastic bottled water with reusable glass bottled water, encouraging guests to bring their containers for takeaways and rallying the use of reusable carrier bags instead of plastic bags. On tackling food waste, diners at the hotel’s buffet restaurant will have to place an order first before the kitchen prepares their food. When hosting banquet events, the hotel will be introducing set menus in place of a buffet.

COURTS

COURTS Singapore offers reusable bags in place of large-sized plastic bags for free to customers in all its stores island-wide to encourage them to make the switch from disposable to reusable bags. Additionally, COURTS’ F&B service partners in its flagship Tampines Megastore have pledged to go “strawless”, providing straws only upon request.

Fairprice

FairPrice took a proactive stance in reducing single use plastic bags by launching a month-long "No Plastic Bag" trial in September 2019. The successful trial led to an extension of the initiative for a year from November 2019 with customers paying for plastic bags should they need one. The number of participating stores also increased from seven to 25.

Concurrently, the FairPrice-CSR Food Waste Reduction Framework continues to tackle food waste by refining its internal processes, championing public education to embrace blemished food, as well as forging partnerships with charities to donate unsold but wholesome groceries to the community.

Fireless Kitchen

Since its launch in June 2019, Fireless Kitchen has been actively encouraging customers to reduce the usage of single-use disposables by offering a $0.50 discount when they bring their own containers. In addition, disposable cutlery for takeaway orders is only offered upon request.

foodpanda

foodpandaruns three significant initiatives related to waste reduction through their CSR program, pandacares. Their pioneer movement was the cutlery opted-out feature, which cut more than 14 million sets of plastic cutlery since 2017. In collaboration with Muuse and barePack, they encourage customers and restaurants to use reusable food boxes and cups to reduce single waste by renting their food containers through mentioned providers. foodpandaalso makes available products such as collapsible cups and bamboo cutlery on pandamart, to encourage customers to purchase reusable yet eco-friendly products to reduce single-use waste.

Four Points by Sheraton Singapore

Since 2019, Four Points by Sheraton Singapore, Riverview, has relooked its corporate social responsibilities through reducing single-use products. The hotel has phased out all single-use shower amenities bottles and replaced them with soap dispensers. Water dispensers are introduced in all function rooms to replace bottled waters.

At their all-day dining restaurant (Four Points Eatery), plastic straws have been replaced with paper straws and are only available upon request. An “opt out” option for disposable cutlery is also available for takeaways. Restaurant staff will also check with guests whether they require reduced portions for their meals in order to reduce food wastage.

Fun Toast

Fun Toast has rolled out go-green initiatives to encourage customers to reduce disposables by offering 10% off any hot beverage to customers when they purchase Fun Toast Tumblers or show the “Friends of Fun Toast” stickers (sold at $2) on their reusable cups and tumblers.

Giant

Giant offers reusable grocery bags to customers for easy purchase. In addition, cashiers provide verbal nudges to customers by asking if they require a bag. Giant hypermarket was also the first in Singapore to install a food waste management machine (ecoDigester) which converts organic waste to water for general washing use.

Ginett

Ginett reduces the use of disposable straws by making them available only upon request.Ginett is offering a free bottle of wine for takeaway when customers bring back 2 empty bottles to be recycled.

GrabFood

Since 2019, Grab has been doubling down on its commitment to environmental sustainability through the reduction of single-use plastic cutlery. They introduced the "No cutlery" toggle for all GrabFood orders, where the cutlery option is set to "opt-out" as a default and customers who require cutlery will need to proactively include it in their order. Since its inception, over 60% of GrabFood orders on average have been placed with the "no cutlery" option.

Grand Hyatt Singapore

Focusing on Food Sourcing, Energy and Water, and Waste Management, Grand Hyatt Singapore has pioneered many sustainable initiatives including a Food Waste Management Plant and a Nose-to-Tail Programme.

More recently in May 2020, the hotel introduced Oak Barrels for customers to bring home the martini bar experience. Once done, they are able to re-use the oak barrel to store other wine or liquor, or bring it back to refill it with their favourite martini.

Greendot

Since April 2020, Greendot has been giving a $0.20 discount to customers who bring their own containers for Bento/Noodles/Set for 1 takeaways. From September 2020 onwards, Greendot will stop providing plastic straws for drinks by default, unless requested by customers.

Guardian

Guardian has been providing verbal nudges to customers at cashier points by asking them if they need a bag for small items.

Hans ImGlück

From June 2019, Hans ImGlück has been providing metal straws to patrons. The company also only gives out plastic cutlery upon request by customers for takeaways. Since 2018, Hans Im Gluck has partnered with an NEA-licensed used cooking oil collector company to collect and convert used cooking oil into non-edible commodities such as biodiesel.

HEYTEA

HEYTEA has been encouraging customers to bring their own cups or tumblers to enjoy drinks from their stores by offering a $0.50 discount.

Holiday Inn Atrium

Since 2019, Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium has put in place measures to reduce disposables in meeting rooms, restaurants and guestrooms. In meeting rooms, water dispensers and glassware have replaced plastic bottled water. At restaurants, guests are issued straws and plastic cutlery for takeawaysonly upon request. To reduce food waste, diners going for buffets at the restaurants will have to place an order before getting food delivered to their table. By the end of 2020, multi-use dispensers will replace single-use bath amenities.

Hotel Fort Canning

Hotel Fort Canning has been actively encouraging its guests to bring their own reusable bags, containers and bottles for takeaway orders to reduce the use of disposables. Plastic cutlery is only given upon request. The hotel also customised a limited-edition tote bag given as part of its staycation package to promote the use of reusable bags. In tackling food waste, its staff are trained to inform diners of portion sizes and the option of downsizing their staples like rice or noodles. Leftover ingredients in the kitchen are turned into tasty meals for its employees.

Hotel G Singapore

Hotel G Singapore encourages guests to opt out of disposables where possible, through visual reminders shared on their digital platforms.

Huggs Coffee

From September 2020, Huggsis embarking on a sustainable journey to reduce disposables and encourage its customers to bring their own reusable tumblers and cups. Customers can enjoy $0.30 off for the drink of their choice. Other than reducing disposables, Huggs will be initiating programmes that are geared towards reducing food/drink waste by repurposing used coffee grounds to make lifestyle products such as body scrubs and fertiliser. Upcycling used coffee bags to convert them into exclusive merchandise such as tote bags, will also be part of this initiative.

IKEA

IKEA stores in Singapore were the first in the country to completely eliminate plastic shopping bags in 2013, and today, its reusable blue bag is an icon of the brand. In 2020, IKEA Singapore eliminated the last few remaining single-use plastics from its home furnishing range and replaced all disposable packaging in its food operations with products made from renewable resources. IKEA now sells water in recyclable tetra packs, packs take-away meals in reusable containers, and continually develops its range of products to help people make the shift from throw-away plastics to more sustainable,reusable alternatives – offering stainless steel straws, bamboo chopsticks, stoneware travel mugs, reusable food containers, and much more.

JEN Tanglin by Shangri-La

For takeaway orders from J65 and Ah Hoi’s Kitchen at JEN Tanglin by Shangri-La, consumers are encouraged to refuse single-use cutlery, which is provided only upon request. All staff are also trained to ask customers if they need any disposable items, instead of automatically handing it out.

KOI

KOI encourages customers to bring their own bottles at its outlets, to play a part in going green. KOIalso encourages customers to reducethe usage of plastic bags through visual and verbal prompters at the point-of-sales across all outlets.

Lawry's The Prime Rib

Lawry’s The Prime Rib Singapore restaurant encourages patrons to bring their own bags and food containers for takeaway orders. In addition, disposable cutlery for takeaway orders will only be offered upon request.

LiHO

Since 2018, all LiHO TEA outlets have been encouraging customers to bring their own containers (BYO or “bring your own”) for their drinks and asking if they require plastic bags and straws for takeaways.

To support this initiative, LiHO TEA will be running a campaign where customers can purchase a limited edition LiHO TEA Tumbler (worth $19.90) and enjoy incentives if they adopt the BYO practice of using the tumbler upon ordering (valid from 1 Oct – 31 Dec 2020).

L'Oreal Group

Customers of many of L’Oreal Group retail brands will be encouraged to reduce waste by using their own carrier bags instead of taking retail paper/plastic bags. This will be communicated through its retail advisors, online platforms, social media and EDMs. As the first and only beauty company to receive the bi-annual 3R Award for Shopping Malls from NEA in 2017 and 2019 as well as SYTWL campaign, it reaffirms its commitment to sustainable retail by encouraging the most important “R”- Reduction, and many more crucial sustainability actions.

M1

M1 incorporates sustainability practices in their business operations. Efforts include the provision of reusable bags to customers instead of single-use carrier bags and encouraging customers to adopt the M1 eBill. The M1 Sustainable Office Programme launched company-wide in May 2019, is introduced to all new staff during orientation, and provides employees with online material about green activities.

Makai Poké

Makai Poké raises awareness on the importance of reducing disposables through reminders in-store, and alsoencourages its patrons to join the barePack programme to enjoy hassle-free reusable takeaway lunch boxes.

MUJI

MUJI has implemented several initiatives within its business operations to reduce plastic consumption. Customers are asked at cashier points if they need a bag for their items. Since 2019, Café&Meal MUJI has stopped providing plastic straws and takeaway plastic cutlery by default,and these are provided only upon request.

Muuse

Muuse is a smart system of reusable takeaway containers born in Singapore.The company’s aim is to empower reuse and eliminate single-use packaging waste. Available at 40+ outlets, and offering zero-waste food delivery on foodpanda, Muuse offers Singaporeans a better takeaway experience whilst saving waste.

Nanyang Girls High School (NYGH)

This year, Nanyang Girls High School continues to strongly encourage students and their families and friends to BYO to reduce disposables. They have organised a poster design activity whereby students are asked to design a BYO poster. They will be displayed in the school via digital media.

To further encourage BYO, they are working with a core group of students to design a t-shirt that encourages BYO. As the students wear those t-shirts to school and back home, they further amplify the message and encourage the public to BYO.

National University of Singapore (NUS)

NUS has developed a “Towards a Zero-Waste NUS” 2030 Action Plan which aims to develop a campus norm of sorting waste and reusing and to achieve an ambitious diversion rate of 90%in 2030 from 24% recycling rate in 2019. To achieve these goals, the Action Plan outlines the key strategies of (i) promoting reuse schemes and sharing platforms, (ii) leveraging integrated smart waste and recycling operations to monitor waste and recycling performance for specific locations, (iii) introducing variable rates for waste disposal through the use of smart waste management technologies, and (iv) test bedding waste recovery solutions in partnership with academia, industry and government. The Plan also highlights key initiatives to reduce waste generation in areas of food waste, packaging waste and e-waste.More details can be found at www.zerowaste.nus.edu.sg.

North East Community Development Council (CDC)

North East CDC will engage and encourage stakeholders to support the 'Say YES to Waste Less' campaign by means of online publicity throughout this campaign period.

North West Community Development Council (CDC)

North West CDC, as a champion of environmental responsibility, will advocate and sustain Green programmes which promote the 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle), and provide platforms for residents to learn about and practise green living. The CDC will also lead by example, by continuing to adopt green practices such as reducing the use of disposables, food waste and printed materials across their operations and events.

Old Chang Kee

Since early 2019, Old Chang Kee has started to remove straws across its affiliated restaurants, Curry Times and Old Chang Kee. The crew is also advised to check with customers if they need an extra carrier bag before issuing it to them.

One Farrer Hotel

One Farrer Hotel reaffirms its commitment to sustainable practices through the reduction of waste. Where possible, diners are provided disposable items only upon request.

Other initiatives include the treatment of unconsumed food through an eco-digester which converts the food waste to compost and water. The compost is in turn used to grow crops at the urban resort's rooftop farm, which not only provides fresh produce to the dining outlets, but reduces the property's carbon footprint with lush greenery.

Additionally, the hotel's dining outlets have moved away from conventional buffet lines to an a la carte dining concept, which reduces food wastage while increasing hygiene standards for diners.

Orchard Road Business Association (ORBA)

ORBA engages and encourages Orchard Road stakeholders to support the 'Say YES to Waste Less' campaign by means of disseminating EDMs and collaterals throughout the campaign period to all their members.

Park Hotel Group

Park Hotel Group
Park Hotel Group, comprising nearly 30 hotels and resorts operating or under development across 10 key destinations, has taken conscious steps to reduce disposables. The corporate office has replaced individually-packed snacks with self-serve snack jars, disposable dishware with ceramic ware, and plastic water bottles with glass carafes.

Grand Park City Hall
Grand Park City Hall, the 2019 Climate Action category winner of the Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP) Sustainable Hotel Awards, has eliminated the distribution of plastic straws. Disposable cutlery is provided for takeaways and deliveries, only upon request.

Grand Park Orchard
Mitzo Restaurant & Bar at Grand Park Orchard is offering 20% off its Go Green Set Menu in September 2020. The restaurant has also stopped using plastic straws and provide disposable cutlery for takeaways and deliveries only upon request.

Park Hotel Alexandra
The Carvery at Park Hotel Alexandra is offering 5% off total bill when guests provide their food containers for takeaways, and S$0.50 off the total bill when they opt out of carrier bags. Guests also enjoy S$0.50 off each cup of beverage when they bring their mugs for takeaways at The Coffee Belt. Plastic straws and disposable cutlery are provided for takeaways and deliveries only upon request.

Park Hotel Clarke Quay
Porta at Park Hotel Clarke Quay is offering 10% off its Sustainable Meatless Combowhen guests provide their food containers for takeaways. The hotel has also removed plastic straws and is providing disposable cutlery for takeaways and deliveries only upon request.

Park Hotel Farrer Park
Blue Jasmine at Park Hotel Farrer Park is offering S$0.50 off total bill if guests opt out of carrier bags for takeaways. Guests also enjoy S$1.00 off their total bill when they bring their mugs for takeaways at The Coffee Belt. Plastic straws and disposable cutlery are provided for takeaways and deliveries only upon request.

Destination Singapore Beach Road
Destination Singapore Beach Road has removed plastic straws and will provide disposable cutlery for takeaways only upon request.

PCF Sparkletots Preschool @ Punggol East

PCF Sparkletots @ Punggol East 103 involves children in identifying disposables and exercising their creativity byturningused, cleaned disposables into art.The crafts made from used disposables would then be sold to raise funds for the less fortunate in the community.

Pepper Lunch

Pepper Lunch has stopped providing plastic straws and plastic drink lids for customers at all seven of its restaurants across Singapore.

Pet Lovers Centre

Started in 2018, Pet Lovers Centreruns a BYOB (Bring Your Own Bag) programme, where no bags are given out to customers at all retail stores.The programme aims to raise awareness and drive action for waste reduction in Singapore, andhas been very well received by the public.

Plastic-Lite Singapore

Plastic-Lite Singapore reaches out to schools, corporates and the community through online and offline platforms. They work with community leaders to implement Bounce Bags, a public bag-sharing platform to offer convenience in using reusable bags. This year they also introduced a blog, Let’s Talk Climate, to encourage reflection about consumerism and global environmental issues. In addition, to empower youths to think more deeply about their personal lifestyle impact, they ran an open-call for students to submit artworks or writing under the theme "Do we really need it?", to be compiled into an e-book.

Prime Supermarket

Prime has been actively involved in and supportive of reducing single-use plastics since 2018. They encourage customers to reduce the use of plastic bags at cashier counters. They also gave out free reusable bags to customers from Jan to April 2020, to support them in their efforts to reduce single-use bags.

Prime has taken further action by putting up in-store posters and messages on their web-portal and social media platforms to encourage customers to reduce waste.

Qi Ji

Qi Ji allows customers to bring or use their own containers and tumblers for takeaways at all its outlets. For all food orders on delivery, they do not give cutlery or straws by default unless requested by customers. To reduce food waste, the staff keeps a close eye on portion control so as to minimise leftovers, and only prepare items upon order towards closing time.

Robinsons

Since June 2019, Robinsons Singapore has been asking customers at cashier points if they need a bag for their small-item purchases. In addition, F&B tenants provide plastic straws to customers only if requested.

SaladStop!

SaladStop! gives customers the option of using barePack’s reusable containers for take away if they want to opt out of single use containers. Saladstop! gives a free topping to customers that bring their own bowls or use barePack.

The company is working with Muuse for deliveries with reusable containers. It also carriesMuusecups in outlets for customers to consume its beverages, and givesa $0.50discountwhen customers bring their own cup or use a Muuse cup. Its loyalty programme gives a free pack of coconut water after every 10 BYO transactions.

SaladStop! also sells its own collapsible merchandise which make them convenient for customers to bring along. It charges$0.10 for its bags, which has resulted in a 50% reduction of bags used.

Sentosa

Ensuring environmental sustainability is a major tenet in the development and management of Sentosa island, with waste reduction and closing the waste loop among the priorities under SDC’s “Sustainable Sentosa” strategic thrust. The 3Rs of waste management – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle – are implemented through comprehensive initiatives, technological innovations, and collaborations with Island Partners (tenants).

For example, Sentosa Golf Club has banned single use plastic water bottles from the golf course, replacing them with water stations instead. The club also plans to deploy a food and horticultural waste digester to convert waste materials into organic compost for its greens.

Beside its efforts on reducing waste, visible touchpoints have also been deployed on Sentosa to encourage guests to do their part to recycle more, such as through installing recycling bins and NEA’s Reverse Vending Machines.

Shangri-La Hotel

At Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore, consumers are encouraged to refuse disposable cutlery which is only provided upon request.

A food waste tracking system was implemented in 2018, where detailed data is gathered regarding the amount and type of food waste, amongst other key metrics. Through analysis of the data generated, the culinary team is able to identify key opportunities to reduce food waste during menu planning and food preparation stages, creating benchmarks to optimise production levels, reduce food costs and most importantly, reduce the amount of food waste.

Sheng Siong Supermarket

Sheng Siong has taken a more proactive stance to reduce the use of plastic bags by reviewing operational procedures on the bagging of products. Since June 2019, cashiers at Sheng Siong Supermarket will ask customers at cashier points if they need a bag for their purchases.

Sheraton Towers Singapore

In support of building a sustainable environment, Sheraton Towers Singapore eliminated single-use bottled water and replaced them with water pitchers, glasses and reusable glass bottles for all meetings and events. Associates at the F&B establishments encourage guests to go green by bringing their own container, mug or bag for takeaway items. Guests will have the option to request for a smaller serving for their mealsso as to reduce food waste.

Singapore Hotel Association

The Singapore Hotel Association strongly encourages its hotel members to leverage this campaign to showcase their 3R best practices and be part of a nation-wide movement to reduce waste.

Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)

Apart from the Scrapyard project, SUTD’s Greenprint Club ran a periodic interview series featuring prominent youth environmentalists around the world. To date, they have featured people from Canada, Myanmar, Singapore and USA. The interviews are also featured on the Greenprint Club site: https://sutdgreenprint.wixsite.com/mysite/home.

The student club also started an online shop to sell used items to contribute to the operations of Greenprint Club. In addition, the club participated and collaborated with organisations such as Bamboo Builders and SG Food Rescue to collect excess food items and clean up beach litter.

SUTD’s drink store operator has also stopped giving out straws. During the circuit breaker period, students on campus and staff were encouraged to bring their own containers for takeaways.

Singtel

On the week of Earth Hour 2020, Singtel launched the 10th edition of Project LESS (Little EcoStepS) with an online six-part article series. Project LESS is an annual environmental campaign to raise awareness among Singtel employees to take 'Little Eco StepS' to save our planet. The articles featured issues relating to common waste streams such as food and packaging, and highlighted simple lifestyle changes staff could make to do their part for the environment. Singtel encourages everyone working from home to use reusable containers for their takeaway orders, and avoid disposable utensils.

South East Community Development Council (CDC)

South East CDC will amplify the ‘Say Yes to Waste Less’ message through the CDC’s digital platforms and encourage shops/ businesses and schools in the district to support the campaign by echoing the CDC’s online efforts.

South West Community Development Council (CDC)

South West CDC has been building an environmentally-conscious district over the past decade and more. Its renewed 10-year sustainability masterplan, the Sustainable South West, was launched last year to set new targets for a greener and more liveable district, with ‘Towards Zero Waste’ as one of the key pillars.

The annual flagship events ‘ECo Day Out @ South West’ and ‘Clean Up South West!’ raise awareness of key environmental issues in the community and encourage residents to minimise waste.

South West CDC continues to promote zero-waste through efforts such as reducing the use of bottled mineral water and encouraging the public to bring their own bags and water bottles at community events.

Starbucks

Starbucks has rolled out initiatives to encourage customers to reduce disposables such as offering a $0.50 discount when customers bring their tumblers or mugs, and a free drink with any purchase of a Starbucks tumbler. Locally produced lifestyle merchandise such as reusable straws, hot and cold cups, and tote bags are offered to drive bring-your-own habits. In addition, hot and cold cups are available for all dine-in beverages, and disposable cutlery for takeaway orders will only be offered upon request.

Swapaholic

Swapaholic has conducted two Swap Parties this year for participants to swap their unwanted clothing for other pieces, where they have used SYTWL collaterals to promote the campaign during and after the events. They will also be showcasing SYTWL and amplifying the campaign’s messages at their Swap4Earth Festival (www.swap4earth.com) in September. They will feature SYTWL wherever possible at their upcoming swap shop in Orchard Central from September 19th onwards as well as other sustainable fashion projects they have in the pipeline.

Swee Heng

Swee Heng Bakery Pte Ltd has been encouraging customers to bring their own reusables. Outlet staff are trained to check with customers if they require any plastic bags.

Tadcaster Hospitality

Tadcaster Hospitality (umbrella brand for six F&B brands: BQ Bar, Bull and Bear, Molly Malone’s, The Exchange, Café Melba @Goodman and @Mediapolis) has stopped providing disposables such as plastic straws and plastic bags at all their venues. The company provides takeaway materials and cutlery only upon request.

The Food Bank Singapore

Reducing food wastage in Singapore is a key part of the mission of The Food Bank Singapore. Under their Food Rescue Programme, they salvage fresh produce as well as excess fresh pastries, dairy products and cooked food from hotels and other F&B establishments, which are then redistributed directly to beneficiary centres for consumption within the day.

In June 2020, they launched a virtual food banking app in collaboration with DBS Bank to map donations to needs of food support organisations more quickly. The app allows for greater coordination and targeting of food support as food support organisations can submit requests to donors in real-time and on the go. Further in the year, The Food Bank Singapore will be setting up their first central kitchen where excess cooked food collected will be reconstructed and frozen, then dispensed via vending machines. This enables beneficiaries to redeem a hot meal any time of the day.

The Fullerton Hotels Singapore

At The Fullerton Hotel and Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore, all plastic takeaway packaging, cutlery and single-use plastic straws and stirrers have been replaced with plant-based alternatives. Single-use plastic bags have been replaced with reusable non-woven bags; plastic bottles have been replaced with glass bottles, and refillable water pitches are used in meeting rooms. At The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, food digesters are used to reduce food waste and convert waste into useful products.

The Social Space

The Social Space is a socially conscious multi-concept store, featuring a Café, a fair-trade retail area and a nail salon, all promoting a greater awareness for sustainability and conscious living. From its eco-friendly operational practices and package-free solutions, to encouraging customers to BYO by offering a discount, it aims to inspire its community to reduce waste and carbon footprint on a daily basis. Another core mission of The Social Space is also to provide a platform for individuals who face a higher barrier to employment opportunities due to circumstances beyond their control, and equip them with varied skills sets that will allow them self-sufficiency in the long term.

The Sustainability Project

The Sustainability Project is a business which aims to inspire the adoption of low or zero waste lifestyle. This is done through the following 3-pronged approach:

  1. Educate - They started off as a blog in June 2017 to share knowledge and passion for sustainability. There, they post tips on a sustainable lifestyle and other related information to sustainability.
  2. Transform - Their shop was founded in 2018 to enable low or zero waste lifestyles by providing a wide range of sustainable products that are of high quality and at affordable prices.
  3. Inspire - They organise and conduct talks, workshops, events and educational trips to continue inspiring the next generation to be a change-maker.

The Working Capitol

Visual reminders have been placed around The Working Capitol (TWC)’s physical spaces to nudge members to use reusables as part of their daily routines. To encourage individual members to make waste reduction part of their day to day lives, TWC has also built a social media campaign that provides members with prompts and digestible information regarding waste reduction. TWC has adopted several waste reduction practices around its premise and will continue to engage and encourage members to reduce waste through its communication platforms.

UglyFood

UglyFood reduces food loss in the supply chain by purchasing blemished or surplus fresh produce from suppliers. They turn them into healthy food products or resell them as fresh produce to customers. Food products include juices, sorbet, and seasonal bakes. At their store, they encourage people to BYOB and BYOC and also welcome donations of bags, plastic box packaging, cooler bags, so that they can avoid disposables and reuse those to pack other items. For deliveries, they reuse carton boxes from their supplies. They also partner with Muusefor takeaway cups and food containers and offer discounts to people who bring their own containers or use Muusetakeaway containers.

Unpackt Pte Ltd

UnPackt, as a zero-waste grocery and lifestyle store, encourages customers to bring their own containers to refill their grocery and household items in store. It also carries a range of eco lifestyle products which aims to help customers switch sustainability with minimal effort. UnPackt also conducts talks and workshops for corporates and school which encompasses zero-waste living and sustainable practices. In the upcoming year, UnPackt aims to bring the convenience of zero-waste living to the consumers by providing the traditional milk man system of bulk food deliveries, with the aim of reducing packaging and food waste.

W Market

W Market SG has been reducing the use of plastic from their events and encouraging vendors to change to reusable materials for packaging instead of single-use plastics.

Watsons Singapore

A.S. Watson Group is a signatory of the New Plastic Economy Global Commitment and pledges to reduce the overall impact of its own brand packaging by actions such as eliminatingunnecessary packaging by 2030, and avoiding over-packaging.

Cashiers at Watsons Singapore have been giving a nudge to consumers by asking if they need plastic carriers before dispensing them. Reusable bags would be made available for sale in all outlets from 28 October onwards. Come December 2020,Watsons Singapore will be introducing “Bring Your Own Bag Tuesdays”, where single-use bags will be made chargeable at $0.10per transaction.

Beside its efforts to reduce waste, A.S Watson Group also promotes sustainable production and design where they target to use a minimum of 20% recycled plastic content in plastic packaging by 2025, if supply permits it.

WhyQ

WhyQ has been raising awareness on the issue of extensive plastic usage and encouraging its users to opt out of disposable cutleryfor its food deliveries. From September 2020, WhyQ will be implementing the option of opting out of plastic cutlery for orders made on both its website and mobile application.

Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS)

In its efforts to reduce waste, Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) is committed to eliminating all unrecyclable, single-use plastics from its operations by 2025. Since 2016, nearly 80 per cent of single-use plastics have bene removed from its four parks and they continue to work closely with its tenants and partners on this journey.

WRS stopped selling drinking water in plastic bottle in its parks. Instead, guests are encouraged to use refillable bottles and take advantage of the water dispensers installed across its four parks. Single-use plastics such as straws and cutlery have also been removed from the parks’ restaurants.

In addition, the parks’ retail shops have replaced plastic bags with non-woven bags, which are sold with all proceeds going to its conservation fund.This initiative has helped to reduce the number of carrier bags distributed by about 50 per cent. In 2020, WRS stopped distributing paper maps, making the shift to digital maps to reduce paper waste. In efforts to create closed loop systems for organic waste, WRS has also implemented programmes to convert horticultural waste into mulch for planting beds and animal bedding.

WRS continues to create opportunities to engage the public and raise awareness on waste issues. They carry out in-park and virtual education programmes on the threats of single-use plastic on wildlife, and encourage everyone to reduce consumption of unsustainable single use products in their daily lives. Messages about embracing a sustainable lifestyle are placed at relevant exhibits and featured prominently in their animal presentations in their four wildlife parks.

WWF

Started by WWF-Singapore, Plastic ACTion (PACT) is a business initiative that aims to eliminate plastic pollution in nature and move towards a circular economy on plastics. It recognises the integral role that businesses play to solve the issues of unnecessary use of single-use plastics and plastic pollution. PACT provides businesses with guidance, life cycle assessments, resources and best practices, enabling them to make science-based decisions to reduce their plastic footprint.

In addition, WWF works with industries to agree on immediately actionable changes, which lead to the reduction of unnecessary plastics and ensuring better management of plastic as a resource. It is currently working with the retail, food & beverage, hospitality, and food delivery service providers. In the past year, 12 million pieces of plastic packaging and items have been reduced by 22 members of PACT, and the coordinated implementation of the default opt-out function for cutlery on food delivery service platforms further led to a reduction in 1 million pieces of cutlery a week.

Xing Fu Tang

Since July 2019, Xing Fu Tang has been encouraging customers to bring their own tumblers for drink takeaways. The company trained their staff to ask customers at cashier points if they need a plastic bag for takeaways. In previous marketing campaigns, Xing Fu Tang launched social media giveaways with reusable metal straws as prizes to encourage customers to reduce the use of plastic straws.

Ya Kun

Celebrating the company’s 75th anniversary in 2019 with the launch of YaKun’s Limited Edition MOSH! Bottle and Tote Bag, Ya Kun has taken a step towards a more environmentally-friendly lifestyle by encouraging customers to bring their own reusable containers and bags. Straws are given to customers only upon request, which helps to reduce single-use disposables across all outlets.

Zero Waste SG

Zero Waste SG is a charity Non-Governmental Organisation driving zero waste action through education and advocacy. It focuses on 4 key areas of waste: Food Waste, Plastic Disposables, Household Recycling and Organisational Waste. Their hallmark movement is the Bring Your Own (BYO) Singapore movement, where they amalgamate companies and organisations driving plastic disposable reduction by featuring their efforts on their website. They have also carried out several projects and campaigns, such as the Bring Your Own Bag Singapore campaign with NEA and supermarkets in 2019 under the movement. Currently, ZWSG has 125 brands and 1,120 outlets on board as partners.



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