Biodegradable plastic alternatives not necessarily better for Singapore, say experts, CNA, 9 September 2019

CNA carried an article about how biodegradable plastics might not necessarily be the better option for Singapore, as most of Singapore’s waste is incinerated. Biodegradable plastic wastes make a difference to the environment only when they are buried in landfills. Yale-NUS College Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Environmental Studies) Marvin Montefrio was quoted as saying that there are still merits in the shift towards biodegradable alternatives, and that regulations that control the use of non-biodegradable single-use plastics in Singapore and elsewhere could potentially influence the single-use plastics and packaging sector. He added, however, that at some point we do need to make bolder steps beyond just making all single-use plastics biodegradable.

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