Primer

Reducing trash with 'zero waste' target

This is the first of 12 current affairs primers that are part of the outreach programme of The Straits Times-Ministry of Education National Current Affairs Quiz.

Pre-schoolers working on a compost bin with food waste they collected. Figures from the National Environment Agency show that the amount of food waste generated in Singapore has increased by about 40 per cent over the last 10 years.
Pre-schoolers working on a compost bin with food waste they collected. Figures from the National Environment Agency show that the amount of food waste generated in Singapore has increased by about 40 per cent over the last 10 years.ST FILE PHOTO

Even though they operate in the consumer market, a number of shops and eateries worldwide are making it a point to draw attention to the need to reduce waste.

For instance, in February, supermarket chain Ekoplaza introduced a plastic-free aisle in a store in Amsterdam in the Netherlands where all items displayed are free from plastic in their packaging.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 02, 2018, with the headline 'Reducing trash with 'zero waste' target'. Print Edition | Subscribe