Reduce, Restrict or Remove Single-Use Plastic

Dear APTRA Members,

As part of the Indian government nation-wide effort to ban single-use plastic in India, Mumbai International Airport announced that it has adopted a 100% single-use plastic-free policy from the 2nd of October 2019. This policy thus officially prohibits the use of all single-use plastic items that includes disposable cutlery made up of thermocouple (polystyrene or plastic), PET/PETE bottles (less than 200 ml), plastic bags (with/without handle), disposable dish/bowl for food packaging, and straws.

Since the prohibition of single-use plastic in July 2018 by the state government of Maharashtra’s (where Mumbai is located), the airport management has been actively working with all of its stakeholders that includes airlines, duty-free, F&B and travel retail outlets, to phase out single-use plastics across its terminals.

This development in Mumbai was picked up by news outlets such Times of India and International Airport Review.

Across the region, other airports have also begun to implement measures to reduce, restrict or remove single-use plastic from its premises. For example, Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport too has decided to do away with plastic usage by the end of 2019, while Dubai Airport recently announced that it will ban single-use plastics from its consumer spaces with effect from January 1, 2020. Elsewhere, airports such as Auckland International has imposed a restriction on certain plastic usage, banning single-use bags under 70 microns, as part of the country’s waste minimisation (plastic shopping bags) regulation which came into effect on the 1st of July 2019.

The growing momentum to phase out single-use plastics is expected to have a transformational impact on the travel retail sector and its supply chain. With sustainability becoming ever-more pertinent, the industry can expect that more airports across the globe will seek to implement or adopt policies that will restrict or phase out single-use plastic within its premises.

APTRA will continue to monitor and communicate updates on this subject.

For trade information please contact:

Christina Oliver, Executive Director
Tel: +65 91697741
Email: [email protected]

Singapore Advertising Restrictions on Sugar

Dear APTRA Members,

Singapore will be the first country globally to impose a total ban on advertisements of packaged drinks with very high sugar content. Pre-packaged drinks with any sugar content will need to showcase a gradient of sugar levels. Medium to high sugar content drinks must also carry a label on the front of the pack to signal that it is unhealthy.

The restrictions on advertising cover those in bottles, cans and packs. The front-of-pack label will be colour coded and show a grade to indicate if the drink is healthy, neutral or unhealthy. Factors affecting the grade include not just the sugar content, but also other content such as the amount of saturated fat.