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More Than 1,600 Premises Team Up With NEA To Say YES To Waste Less

07 Jun 2019

Rallying the nation to take action to reduce the use of disposables and work
towards a Zero Waste Nation

Singapore, 8 June 2019
– The National Environment Agency (NEA) launched the Say YES to Waste Less nation-wide campaign together with 59 partners this morning. The partners comprise major food and beverage (F&B) establishments, malls/retail chains, e-tailers, supermarkets, hotels, educational institutions, organisations such as Community Development Councils, and non-governmental organisations (NGOs). Covering more than 1,600 premises and reaching out to millions of consumers, the partners’ efforts are aimed at influencing the public to reduce the use of disposables. The announcements were made by Senior Minister of State for the Environment and Water Resources, Dr. Amy Khor, at the launch event at IKEA Tampines.

Environmental impact of disposables

2          In 2018, about 164,500 tonnes of domestic waste disposed of were disposables, comprising items such as plastic bags and takeaway containers, or enough disposables to fill up about 300 Olympic-size swimming pools. All types of disposables, regardless of whether they are made of paper, plastics or degradable materials, require resources for production and transportation. At the current rate of waste disposal, we will need one landfill every 30 to 35 years for our disposal needs. As Singapore is short of land, there is a need to encourage the adoption of a more sustainable lifestyle and the avoidance of excessive consumption. The support of the public, businesses, and NGOs is key to successfully reducing the use of disposables.

Say YES to Waste Less Campaign  

3          In line with 2019 being designated as the Year Towards Zero Waste, the Say YES to Waste Less campaign is aimed at driving awareness of the impact of excessive consumption of disposables and the need avoid their use where possible. With the main campaign message, ‘Make the Right Choice. Choose Reusables’, consumers are encouraged to take simple, actionable steps to reduce their impact on the environment by choosing reusables instead of disposables. Simple actions include bringing a reusable bag, bottle, and/or container along whenever heading out, and these reusables can then be used anytime and anywhere, thus reducing or avoiding the use of disposables wherever possible.  

4          The partners’ commitments cover a range of actions, such as displaying the Say YES to Waste Less campaign visuals at their cashier points to serve as visual reminders, or having their cashiers prompt customers to consider using reusable bags. Both actions are forms of behavioural cues that encourage consumers to reduce the use of disposables. Some partners’ efforts include encouraging customers to opt out of receiving disposable cutlery with their online orders, not offering water in disposable bottles at meeting rooms and communal areas, providing incentives to customers who bring their reusables and actively encouraging their employees to reduce their use of disposables. Schools and youth groups are also carrying out activities to engage their peers or their local community (refer to Annex A for the full list of partners in the Say YES to Waste Less campaign and their initiatives, and Annex B for the campaign visuals).

5          Following the launch, there will be four district events, which will take place from July to August 2019, and 100 roadshows organised in collaboration with local communities and schools to amplify the campaign’s reach, create awareness and encourage action.

6          Chief Executive Officer of NEA, Mr. Tan Meng Dui, said, “To reduce waste, one of the first and relatively easy steps we can all take is to reduce, or even stop, the use of disposables. Whether it is a shopping bag, container or bottle, it is not so much the type of materials that matter, but whether it is a disposable or reusable. As consumers, we all have a choice. This campaign urges everyone to choose reusables over disposables. To this end, we are heartened to have the strong support of 59 partners, spanning across more than 1,600 premises, who have stepped forward to work with us towards the common goal of reducing the use of disposables. Such initiatives, along with other 3R efforts, will contribute to more sustainable consumption, and go a long way to help conserve resources and extend the lifespan of Semakau Landfill.”

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Say YES to Waste Less Campaign Partners’ Initiatives


Name of Organisation


Initiatives on Reducing Disposables

Food & Beverage (F&B) Stores



Since May 2018, 4FINGERS has been providing visual nudges to encourage customers to skip using plastic straws by putting up signage on their straw dispensers.


Guzman Y Gomez

Guzman Y Gomez has made plastic straws available only upon request since March this year. Since November last year, rather than providing plastic bags for takeaway orders by default, customers are asked if they need a plastic bag.


Hans Im Glück

From June 2019 onwards, Hans Im Glück will be providing metal straws to patrons. The company also plans not to give out plastic cutlery unless requested by customers.


(Commonwealth Retail Concepts Pte Ltd)

Since 3 December 2018, Kraftwich has been giving $0.50 discounts to customers who bring their own cup for hot and cold drinks. It has also stopped giving out plastic straws and lids for cold drinks. Customers are also asked if they require a plastic bag for takeaways.

Since 14 January 2019, Kraftwich has been selling reusable sandwich wraps at four of its outlets (Clarke Quay Central, Fusionopolis, HarbourFront and Paya Lebar Square). From June this year, as part of a collaboration with GrabFood, Kraftwich will be giving out limited edition reusable cutlery sets for GrabFood delivery orders.


Qi Ji

From June 2019, Qi Ji will encourage customers to bring or use their own cutlery for takeaways at all its outlets. The company will also allow and encourage customers to bring their containers for takeaways.



McDonald’s has been active in giving behavioural nudges to customers to skip the use of plastic straws via its ‘Skip the Straw’ campaign.


Nando’s Singapore

Nando’s Singapore has stopped giving out plastic straws to patrons since 9 July 2018.


(Commonwealth Retail Concepts Pte Ltd)

Since 3 December 2018, PastaMania has been asking customers if they require a plastic bag for takeaways. The company also accepts customers’ requests who bring their food container for takeaways.

Since 14 January 2019, PastaMania has been giving $0.50 discounts to customers who bring their cup for hot and cold drinks. It has also stopped giving plastic straws and lids for cold drinks, and plastic straws are only provided upon request.


Pepper Lunch

Since December last year, Pepper Lunch has stopped providing plastic straws and plastic drink lids for customers at seven of its restaurants across Singapore.


(Starbucks Coffee Singapore Pte Ltd)

Starbucks has rolled out initiatives to encourage customers to reduce disposables such as offering $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 stainless steel straws, reusable hot and cold cups and tote bags are offered on an ongoing basis to drive bring-your-own habits. In addition, disposable cutlery for takeaway orders will only be offered upon request.


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 to hold pizza boxes at all their venues.The company provides disposable cutlery only upon request.

Café Melba and The Exchange have also partnered with Zero Waste SG’s Bring Your Own (BYO) Singapore campaign to provide discounts to customers who bring their own mugs for takeaway orders.

Malls/Retail Chains



7-Eleven cashiers have been providing verbal nudges to customers at cashier points by asking if they need a bag for their purchases.



Since 2015, to reduce disposables within CapitaHub (CapitaLand’s HQ), Hydrotaps have been installed to avoid the provision of single-use plastic bottled water and dispensers. Staff are encouraged to bring their own water bottles. Visitors and guests can drink from the jugs of water, glasses and cups provided in every meeting room throughout CapitaHub. Instead of disposables and single-use plastic, porcelain bowls and spoons are provided during CapitaLand’s monthly dessert sessions. Staff are also encouraged to bring their own cups and utensils during these sessions. This avoids the waste of about 550 disposable bowls and spoons each month. CapitaLand eliminated the use of plastic cups and stirrers, avoiding the wastage of about 40,000 single-use cups and stirrers at CapitaHub each year.

As part of CapitaLand’s active stakeholder and public engagement efforts, CapitaLand has participated in the World Wide Fund for Nature’s (WWF) Earth Hour movement since 2009. Each year, in addition to switching off façade and non-essential lights, CapitaLand actively encourages their stakeholders and the public to reduce electricity, plastic and water wastage to lead more sustainable lifestyles. From 2017 to 2019, CapitaLand has organised the CapitaLand Earth Hour Quiz, to engage and educate users on how to reduce waste. This year’s quiz focused on 3 major initiatives to reduce e-waste, water wastage and plastic waste. The quiz is conducted through their multi-store, multi-mall integrated rewards programme platform, CapitaStar, reaching over 960,000 members in Singapore.

In their future targets, CapitaLand is further tackling the issue of resource consumption within their operations, focusing on single-use plastics and paper consumption, and expect to see significant reductions from 2020.


City Developments Limited (CDL)

CDL supports similar campaigns on the waste reduction of disposables. In 2018, CDL partnered with Global Initiatives to represent Singapore alongside 11 other Asia-Pacific cities to support UN Environment’s 2018 theme for World Environment Day: #BeatPlasticPollution. CDL and Global Initiatives rallied 30 like-minded partners from the Private, Public and People (3P) sectors to create three art installations and raise awareness of how plastic pollution affects our health, nature and wildlife. Collection points for plastic bottles were set up at seven CDL commercial properties, and community spaces to collect used 40,000 plastic bottles which were used to create the installations.

EcoBank, inaugurated in 2016, is an annual joint initiative by CDL and Eco-Business that raises awareness on waste reduction through responsible disposal and recycling.Over the past four editions, EcoBank collected some 35 tonnes of pre-loved items which were donated by the general public. The items were sold at a bazaar to raise funds for children’s charities and were thus diverted from the landfill. This saved over 20 tonnes of carbon emissions.

Additionally, CDL has been advocating waste reduction internally through its annual eco-gift distribution initiative to its employees since 2009. Items made of sustainable materials, from reusable containers and cutlery to bags, are given to its employees in conjunction with the annual Clean and Green Singapore campaign. This drives home the message that everyone can play their part in protecting the environment, by adopting a clean, green and sustainable lifestyle.

CDL is also the venue partner of the district Say YES to Waste Less event at City Square Mall on 6 and 7 July.


COURTS (Singapore) Pte Ltd

COURTS Singapore is currently offering 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’ three F&B service partners in its flagship Tampines Megastore, have pledged to go “strawless”, providing straws only upon request.


Guardian Singapore

Guardian has been providing verbal nudges to customers at cashier points by asking them if they need a bag for small items. Guardian has also been encouraging its customers to use reusable bags by providing them for sale in stores.


IKEA Singapore (Ikano Private Limited)

In 2007, IKEA Singapore took its first of many steps to curb the use of disposables when it began charging customers for plastic bags. In 2013, IKEA became the first retailer in Singapore to completely remove disposable plastic shopping bags from its store and, instead, offer reusable blue bags at an affordable price.

In 2016, IKEA restaurants stopped serving takeaway in biodegradable corn ware boxes and began offering reusable storage containers to customers who want to bring food home. This year, the stores removed plastic straws from restaurants. By the end of 2019, IKEA plans to remove single-use bottled water from its Swedish Food Markets and, instead, will sell water in recyclable tetra packs.IKEA has committed to eliminating all single-use plastics from its range by 2020 and, through its many reusable products and in-store communication, IKEA inspires and enable millions of customers to take everyday actions that reduce waste.


Orchard Road Business Association (ORBA)


ORBA will encourage its vendors at the monthly night event Night At Orchard (NAO) to display ‘Say YES to Waste Less’ collaterals. NEA will also be holding a roadshow at NAO happening 5 - 7 July. At the same time, ORBA is in discussion with the NAO vendors on the possibility of reducing the use of disposables at the event.


Robinsons Singapore

In support of the ‘Say YES to Waste Less’ campaign, Robinsons Singapore will be training its cashiers to provide verbal nudges to customers at cashier points by asking them if they need a bag for their purchases from June 2019. In addition, F&B tenants will be informed to provide plastic straws to customers only if requested.





In January 2018, foodpanda pioneered the opt-in/out cutlery button in the food delivery industry and successfully saved over 1 million sets of plastic cutlery across APAC - with the majority being saved in Singapore.

Further continuing its sustainability movement, foodpanda rewarded over tens of thousands of users who regularly opted out of cutlery with a $10 voucher for doing their part in January 2019.

Timed with the ‘Say YES to Waste Less’ campaign launch,foodpanda has rolled out a default 'no' cutlery option and a supporting educational sustainability campaign, which will target restaurant partners as well as users. Through special incentives, the food delivery player will educate and motivate its users who tend to ‘opt-in’ for cutlery, in a positive way.



GrabFood will be rolling out an ‘opt-out’ option for plastic cutlery with all its food orders in September 2019.



Cold Storage
(Dairy Farm Singapore)


Since 2017, Cold Storage, Marketplace and Jasons have been encouraging customers to use reusable bags by providing them with incentives such as bonus points for Passion Card members. Cashiers also provide verbal nudges by asking customers if they require a plastic carrier bag for their purchases.

In addition, from May 2019, the supermarket outlets have included call-out messages to reduce the need for single-use plastics at straw dispensers and broadcast messages from their Digital TV and Visual Display Unit (VDU) Display to encourage customers to buy their reusable bags. In support of the Say YES to Waste Less campaign, the outlets are also exploring new initiatives such as insertion of messages on the fresh produce plastic roll stands to encourage customers to reduce the usage of plastic bags.



(Dairy Farm Singapore)


Jasons Deli

(Dairy Farm Singapore)


Market Place

(Dairy Farm Singapore)




FairPrice is the first supermarket in Singapore to incentivise shoppers to bring their own bags with the launch of the FairPrice Green Rewards Scheme. In the last five years, FairPrice saved close to 50 million plastic bags with a record of 11.5 million plastic bags saved in 2017. The rebates given were more than S$570,000 in that year. Dedicated green checkout counters were set up from 2013 to serve customers who do not need any plastic bag for their purchases.

FairPrice launched the plastic bag waste management programme from August 2018 to holistically reduce plastic bag use. As part of the programme, FairPrice committed S$50,000 to Zero Waste SG and the Singapore Environment Council to support their sustainability efforts. From September 2018, cashiers are trained to stop actively bagging selected item(s) with attached handles in plastic bags.



(Dairy Farm Singapore)

In support of the Say YES to Waste Less campaign, cashiers at Giant will be providing verbal nudges to customers at cashier points by asking them if they need a bag for their purchases from June 2019.


Prime Supermarket

Since December 2018, Prime Supermarket has been providing verbal nudges at cashier points by asking customers if they need a bag.


Sheng Siong Supermarket

In support of the Say YES to Waste Less campaign, cashiers at Sheng Siong Supermarket will be providing verbal nudges to customers at cashier points by asking them if they need a bag for their purchases from June 2019.



ibis Singapore on Bencoolen

(Accor Hotels)

Since 2014, ibis Singapore on Bencoolen has replaced the use of plastic bottled water with refillable ‘Eco bottle’. ibis will also be reducing the use of cling wrap in the kitchen by 50% and replacing them with reusable containers from December 2019. 

ibis Styles Singapore MacPherson

(Accor Hotels)

ibis Styles Singapore MacPherson has been making efforts to reduce single-use plastic items in the hotel.

Mercure & Novotel on Stevens Road

(Accor Hotels)


Mercure & Novotel on Stevens Road has replaced plastic straws with paper or pasta straws since 2018. It will also be reducing the use of cling-wrap in the kitchen by 50 per cent by 2022.

Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay

(Accor Hotels)

Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay has removed plastic straws, stopped providing plastic bottled water in banquets and stopped using plastic bin liners in bathroom bins.

Sofitel Singapore City Centre

(Accor Hotels)

From the end of Q3 2019, Sofitel Singapore City Centre will encourage guests to bring their mugs for takeaway coffee or purchase a to-go cup with hotel stamp cup, create awareness through social media platform, eliminate 30 per cent of packing containers from its suppliers and create awareness via email when placing orders from the supplier.

Fairmont and Swissotel Stamford

(Accor Hotels)

Swissotel Stamford has replaced single-use amenity bottles with multi-use dispensers for bathroom amenities in guest rooms. Fairmont will be phasing out single-use shower amenity bottles in guest rooms by 2020. Raffles City Convention Center has replaced plastic bottled water with water dispensers and glass pitchers. From July 2019, Fairmont South Tower will also replace plastic bottled water with water dispensers and reusable glass bottles in their guest rooms.


The Fullerton Hotels Singapore


The Fullerton Hotels Singapore announced on 17 April 2018 that it will be reducing consumption of single-use plastic by 50 per cent by 2022 from 2017 level. It is also eliminating the use of single-use plastic bags by switching to non-woven reusable bags by August 2019.


Hilton Hotels

Since March 2019, Hilton hotels in Southeast Asia no longer offer single-use plastic straws and has replaced them with paper straws upon request. Hilton hotels are also looking into reducing other single-use plastic products such as plastic bottles, stirrers and packaging. Hilton hotels is a pioneer signatory to WWF Singapore’s No Plastics In Nature by 2030 commitment.

Other Corporations


Clear Channel Singapore

Clear Channel Singapore encourages its staff to drink from water dispensers, instead of consuming bottled water, and to reuse plastic containers to store food or snacks. In support of the ‘Say YES to Waste Less’ campaign, Clear Channel Singapore will be recycling discarded posters into bags that could be used to replace single-use carrier bags. These bags will be used at a number of NEA’s and Clear Channel Singapore’s events from June 2019.



In support of the Say YES to Waste Less campaign, ComfortDelGro will inform all the food and drink stalls’ owners in its bus depot/interchange to provide plastic straws to customers only if requested from June 2019.


Geneco YTL

Geneco is part of the YTL Group, which has launched an initiative to eliminate single-use plastic within the group worldwide by 2025. Geneco will also be carrying out a new outreach programme at the end of the year to encourage staff to switch to reusable.

The YTL Group’s hotel division is offering alternatives to plastic bottled water and other products to help reduce the amounts of plastics in society. For example, reusable glass bottles and reverse osmosis water have been used in replacement of disposables in Gaya Island Resort in May 2018 and will be rolled out in other YTL Hotels and Resorts.



M1 has been providing reusable bags instead of single-use carrier bags to its customers. Recent initiatives include the launch of the M1 Sustainable Office Programme (M1SOP) to encourage staff to embrace the 3Rs, removal of single-use plastic straws and providing staff with a set of the M1SOP starter kit comprising of reusable lunch box, mug and cutlery set; to use either the M1SOP starter kit or their own, for takeaways at the M1 canteen. Bottled water in meeting rooms has been replaced with water jugs.



On 1 April 2019, Singtel launched “The Last Straw”, a campaign that targets its approximately 13,000 staff in Singapore and aims to encourage the reduction of disposables at the company’s three staff cafeterias here. In celebration of World Environment Day and in support of the ‘Say YES to Waste Less’ campaign, Singtel gave out a food container and cutlery set to all staff in June 2019 to encourage them to use reusable.


Temasek Shophouse



Temasek Shophouse, launched on 3 June 2019, is part of the philanthropic efforts of Temasek Trust. The first exhibition to be held at the premises is the [Not-So] Convenience Store. The exhibition aims to raise awareness about the world’s growing waste problem. The [Not-So] Convenience Store subverts the conventions of a typical convenience store by presenting sustainable alternatives to seemingly convenient everyday products. In doing so, the store hopes to highlight how our culture of convenience—our high dependence on single-use plastics, low recycling and re-use habits and constant desire for new electronic gadgets—is contributing to global warming and climate change.


Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS)


Night Safari

The list of measures to reduce disposables at Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) food and beverage outlets includes not providing plastic straws, and paper straws are only given upon request. Disposable dining ware is not used for dine-in and staff are encouraged to bring their reusable cups instead.

To reduce the consumption of packaged water, WRS has installed 27 water dispensers across their four parks since 2016 and also sells refillable bottles at an affordable price to encourage the use of reusable bottles. WRS charges a nominal fee for non-woven carrier bags at retail stores. With this initiative, it has reduced the number of carrier bags distributed by about 50 per cent. All fees collected go towards WRS’ conservation fund.

Since 2017, WRS holds a Sustainability Campaign every October to encourage guests and the local community to embrace sustainable best practices, particularly in the reduction of single-use plastics. They also bring the message out of the parks at several outreach events throughout the year.

WRS also holds regular staff engagement activities to encourage sustainable best practices throughout the organisation. Some activities focused on waste reduction include Bring Your Own (BYO) incentives, upcycling workshops, ‘Towards Zero Waste’ photo contest and a Pre-loved Market where staff donate second-hand items for a new lease of life.

Recycling bins are found throughout the four WRS parks as well as in the back of house areas. There are also 2 e-waste recycling bins on site for staff and guest use.


Singapore Zoo


River Safari


Jurong Bird Park



Conservation International

Conservation International conducts presentations and workshops for students to translate knowledge into action, from incorporating easy-to-adapt individual habits like minimising the use of single-use plastics to promoting community change by influencing friends and family to refuse, reduce, reuse and recycle.



Greensquare will be incorporating ‘Say YES to Waste Less’ messages in its textile waste recycling publicity. The message will be - “Say Yes to reduce textile waste! Singapore generates more than 150,000 tonnes of textile and leather waste yearly, but only 7 per cent of such waste is recycled. Let’s do our part to keep them in a closed loop - Reduce, Reuse & Recycle them!”


Plastic-Lite Singapore

Plastic-Lite Singapore started a community bag-share campaign, “Bounce Bags – Share Bags for a Shared Planet”, for shoppers who have not carried reusable bags for their purchases. This novel bag-share project is a platform to facilitate the sharing of reusable bags among Singaporeans and encourage the community to join hands in taking care of our environment.

A common collection and retrieval point is placed near the community's shopping mall/supermarket/wet market. This “Bounce Point” is a rack with reusable bags donated by the residents in the neighbourhood, for shoppers to freely take and use, to avoid/reduce their use of new single-use plastic bags. This was successfully carried out as a pilot project in Nee Soon Courtyard from June to September 2018 and is currently active in Bishan North Shopping Mall since November 2018. Plastic-Lite Singapore intends to roll it out in Tampines in the near future and hopes to launch such bag-share points island wide in the coming years.

Plastic-Lite Singapore also encourages schools to "Say YES to Waste Less" via their “No Straw Tuesdays” initiative where straws are not given out by the school canteen, at least once a week.



Swapaholic will announce their support for ‘Say YES to Waste Less’ on social media and showcase the logo on the Swapaholic website footer.

Going beyond logo support, Swapaholic will get their customers to 'Say YES to Waste Less' at swap parties, starting with an Accessory Swap on 8 June, and subsequently use it as a theme for their Post-Swap Video. It will then circulate the video to its entire database of customers.


The Sustainability Project

The Sustainability Project (TSP) is currently running a “Change Starts With Me Journey” Instagram campaign that helps people transit to be a conscious consumer. This includes ways to reduce disposables and to encourage the use of reusable products. The campaign runs from April to July 2019.

TSP conducts talks on practicing a Zero Waste lifestyle for corporate, covering topics like the Zero Waste Hierarchy, reducing disposables and recycling properly. Besides that, TSP holds workshops and trips to educate and raise awareness about the zero waste landscape in Singapore.

An Ecobricks Workshop was conducted in collaboration with Green Nudge to understand the importance of reducing our plastic consumption and how to tackle it.

TSP incorporates recycled items into its business practice to reduce the amount of disposable waste produced. For example, products to be delivered are packaged using old boxes, and printing is done using used paper.


Unpackt Pte Ltd

Unpackt Pte Ltd operates a bring-your-own-container system for bulk dried foods and household products to reduce disposable plastic packaging. It encourages customers to buy only what they need and to refuse single-use plastics in their lifestyles by providing environmentally-friendly solutions.

Disposable carrier bags are not offered by default at the store, and if requested, the customers are provided with donated, recycled plastic carriers.

Unpackt also offers zero waste themed learning journeys for schools and corporates, during which participants are encouraged to reduce disposables.

In conjunction with the ‘Say YES to Waste Less’ campaign, it is offering a stainless steel water bottle & reusable spork straw set and a pocket lunch container at 10 per cent off till end July. The ‘Say YES to Waste Less’ collateral will also be displayed in-store.


World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Singapore

WWF launched PACT (Plastic ACTion), a voluntary, business initiative to eliminate plastic pollution in nature and build a circular economy on plastics where no materials are wasted.

PACT signatories are individual businesses that champion the reduction, use and production of virgin fossil fuel-based plastics while building a circular economy. To-date, 13 signatories have committed to time-bound targets which include:

1. Reducing unnecessary & unrecyclable plastics

2. Committing to using recycled or sustainable materials

3. Net positive collection and recycling of plastics

4. Moving to reusable or recyclable product & packaging design

5. Supporting research and conservation projects


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, manufacturing, and food delivery service providers.

On 3 June 2019, supported by Zero Waste, WWF announced the first industry commitment: more than 270 outlets to remove loose, plastic disposable straws.


Zero Waste SG

Zero Waste SG started the Bring Your Own (BYO) Singapore movement in 2017 where retailers offered incentives to customers who bring their reusable bags, bottles or containers. The campaign involved more than 630 retail outlets and reduced over 2.6 million pieces of plastic disposables.

Zero Waste SG also published a BYO rating guide in 2018 ranking 100 F&B companies in Singapore according to how well they reduce single-use plastic disposables and encourage customers to do so.

As an extension of BYO Singapore and in support of the ‘Say YES to Waste Less’ campaign, Zero Waste SG will be launching the Bring Your Own Bag (BYOB) campaign in July 2019 which entails a pre-campaign eco-film screening on 23 May 2019 and roadshows at supermarkets from July to October 2019.

Educational Institutions


Nanyang Girls High School (NYGH)

This year, Nanyang Girls High School (NYGH) partnered Kung Fu Tea at Hillion Mall to implement a discount of $0.10 to consumers who bring their cup. The students created the publicity materials, and Kung Fu Tea will report the number of people who bring their cups. The school intends to follow up by engaging the consumers who do not bring their own reusable and extend its efforts to other outlets and retailers. It plans to brand these initiatives where possible, under the ‘Say YES to Waste Less’ campaign.


National University of Singapore (NUS)

NUS’ Students Against Violation of the Earth (SAVE), helms most of the disposables reduction initiatives at food and beverage outlets and selected retail stores for the student community. Initiatives include a Reusable Bag Library to provide reusable bags to students who need it. SAVE is also piloting a Lite Catering scheme to reduce disposable food containers used at food kiosks where takeaways are the main option.


Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)

Greenprint (SUTD’s youth environmental club) runs the Scrapyard initiative where students deposit leftover materials (e.g. acrylic and wood boards) from their projects at an area beside the fabrication lab. Other students then reuse these materials in their projects.

Greenprint implemented a new Tote Bag Rack project where students can share tote bags for shopping or other purposes, thereby reducing the use of disposable plastic bags.


PCF Sparkletots Preschool @ Punggol East

PCF Sparkletots Preschool @ Punggol East involved children in creating plastic crafts with their parents to celebrate Earth Hour 2019. The centre makes use of disposables in art/craft and gardening with children. Apart from that, classrooms have mini recycling corners for children to bring in their recyclable disposables.

The centre is also working to insert environmental messages in lessons on reducing the use of disposables, in line with the ‘Say YES to Waste Less’ campaign messaging. Children are also encouraging their families to bring reusable with them.

Community Development Councils


Central Singapore Community Development Council (CDC)

Central Singapore CDC and NEA run the Eco-Knight SG programme which aims to educate households to adopt sustainable practices and build a community of Eco Knights who have made a positive contribution towards a zero waste Singapore, based on the 6Rs – Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repair, Repurpose and Recycle.


As part of the “Reduce” effort, Central Singapore CDC will minimise the provision of bottled mineral water at its events and encourage its employees to refuse and reduce single-use items by bringing their reusable.


North East Community Development Council (CDC)


North East CDC will gradually cease the provision of disposable cups at 129 Café Corners in the North East district. It will also be encouraging residents to bring their mugs for their beverages.


North West Community Development Council (CDC)

North West CDC has ceased the provision of bottled mineral water at CDC events and has also encouraged residents, volunteers and partners to bring along their reusable bottles to events. Its staff also lead by example through refusing and reducing single-use items, such as bringing their reusable straws and utensils to work.


South East Community Development Council (CDC)

South East CDC supports the ‘I’m an Eco Auditor’ Programme, which encourages residents to adopt zero waste habits. The CDC also avoids the use of disposables at environmental events.


South West Community Development Council (CDC)

South West CDC has reduced the usage of bottled mineral water at community events and provides water dispenser instead. It has also encouraged the public to bring their bags, water bottles or lunchboxes at CDC events. Reusable utensils are used at food catering for its community events. It also supports the Cool South West and Foodprints @ South West programmes which aim to encourage residents to reduce waste.


Say YES to Waste Less Campaign Logo and Key Visuals




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