The beverage container return scheme will advance the 'circular economy'

A simplified and convenient initiative, the scheme makes it easier for everyone to return and recycle their beverage containers and is a positive step towards more sustainable packaging waste management.

The scheme focuses on one easily recognisable packaging - the beverage container - which has high recycling value as it can be remade into a new container. ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN
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I always try to bring my own container for my takeaways - be it a reusable box for food or a tumbler for drinks. Such a lifestyle habit plays an important role in a circular economy system, where packaging waste is avoided by not generating it in the first place.

But I cannot do the same for pre-packaged beverages, like my favourite jasmine tea, cold milk and juices, which are bottled for off-the-shelf purchase.

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