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Miss Cheng Li Hui: To ask the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources with regard
to the Zero Waste Masterplan (a) whether the Ministry is aware of the number of
hawkers and stalls that are providing only disposable utensils for dine-in
customers; and (b) whether there are measures or plans to encourage and ensure
that these hawkers and stalls introduce reusable utensils for dine-in
Reply by Minister Masagos Zulkifli:
1. The National Environment Agency (NEA) has been
working with stakeholders to reduce the use of disposables at hawker centres
managed by NEA. NEA has disallowed their usage for dine-in meals at all 7 new
hawker centres, and at 5 existing hawker centres which have adopted the use of
common crockery and centralised dishwashing services under the Productive
Hawker Centres programme. In addition, from September 2018, NEA does not allow
new cooked food stallholders who commence their tenancies at existing hawker
centres to provide disposables to patrons for dine-in meals. NEA works closely
with the Hawkers’ Associations and our appointed operators to ensure that these
stallholders do not use disposables for dine-in meals.
NEA does not collect statistics on the number of stalls that provide disposable utensils for dine-in
2. NEA is actively engaging the remaining
stallholders to phase out the use of disposables for dine-in meals. Some
concerns that stallholders commonly cite are the cost
of reusable crockery and the cost of manpower required to wash crockery. On
this front, we are working to introduce centralised
dishwashing services at more hawker centres, and we have a grant scheme in
place to defray some of the costs. We will continue to engage stallholders
through the Hawkers’ Associations to encourage them to switch to
3. At the national level, NEA launched the “Say
YES to Waste Less” campaign in June 2019 to raise awareness of the impact of
excessive consumption of disposables and the need for reduction. We are
heartened that over 59 partners, covering more than 1,600 premises ranging from
retailers, food and beverage establishments to supermarkets and hotels, have
come forward to partner NEA in this endeavour.
Last updated: 04 Feb 2020
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