Singapore Singapore Local Interview Results: Container and Packaging Materials Regulations and WEEE Regulations

Singapore Local Interview Results: Container and Packaging Materials Regulations and WEEE Regulations

In 2023, an EnviX researcher visited the Singapore National Environment Agency (NEA) and met with several officials in charge of container and packaging material regulation and WEEE regulation. In Singapore, the Resource Sustainability Act was enacted in 2019, under which reporting requirements for containers and packaging materials and EPR regulations for waste electrical and electronic equipment (e-waste) are implemented. During the meeting, we discussed the implementation status and future plans of the container and packaging materials regulations and WEEE regulations.


Here is the questions list:

  • Q: What are the common deficiencies in the packaging materials report? If there is a deficiency, how do you deal with it?
  • Q: How is the legitimacy of the packaging materials report judged? Is there a plan to require companies to be audited by a third party?
  • Q: NEA has published a guidebook (*) that provides specific instructions on how to comply with reporting requirements. In this guidebook, Appendix A shows items not subject to regulation along with photos of various containers and packaging materials. It has been suggested that some containers and packaging materials may be included in the regulations in 2023 or 2024, such as eye shadow pallets, compact cases, and filled syringes, but are there plans to update this guide?
  • Q: The beverage container deposit system is scheduled to start in April 2025 as the first stage of EPR regulation for containers and packaging materials. When will more extensive EPR regulations for containers and packaging materials be implemented?
  • Q: Did you consult with any other countries when formulating the regulations for the deposit system for beverage containers?
  • Q: Since the start of WEEE regulations in July 2021, ALBA has been collecting e-waste as an operator under the Producer Responsibility System (PRS). The contract period for ALBA is five years (until the end of June 2026), but is it likely that ALBA will continue thereafter?
  • Q: What are the problems with the current WEEE regulations?
  • Q: Are you considering expanding the target products?


The main results are summarized below.


Author / Responsibility

AOKI Kenji

Senior Consultant, EnviX Ltd.
General Director, E&H Consulting Co., Ltd.

Business Performance

Expertise in EHS (environment, health and safety) consulting in ASEAN region.
- Environmental regulations updating
- Chemical regulations consulting


MSc in Earth Science, The University of Tokyo

AOKI Kenji