Mr Louis Ng Kok Kwang asked the Minister for Defence for the National Day Parade 2019 funpack (a) whether a reusable water bottle can be provided instead of a single-use plastic bottle; (b) whether alternatives to the plastic bag provided have been considered; and (c) whether the unused poncho collection points can be used to collect other unused funpack items or unwanted funpack bags.
Minister for Defence, Dr Ng Eng Hen: In planning for each NDP, the Executive Committee (Exco) strikes a balance between sustainability goals and the comfort and well-being of Singaporeans who participate and watch the event. The Exco works with the National Environment Agency (NEA) to promote more sustainable practices for each National Day Parade.
Drinking water in reusable bottles was considered but not implemented as there were a lack of suppliers which can do so at an affordable cost. Instead, to reduce the use of single-use plastics, the Funpack will have a larger 750ml water bottle instead of the two bottles provided in previous NDPs.
To support the Keep Singapore Clean Movement, a plastic bag is included in each Funpack to facilitate the bagging and hygienic disposal of waste. Volunteers will also be at collection points to encourage spectators to leave behind unused ponchos, LED wristbands or the Funpack itself, as well as for them to deposit recyclables such as the 750ml water bottle.