Singapore will finally charge for plastic bags. What’s next?

The negative impact of plastic waste on the environment has been well-established, and many countries have taken steps to charge or even stop the distribution of disposable plastic grocery bags, which make up a bulk of plastic waste. Singapore plans to follow suit by making it mandatory for supermarket operators to charge 5 cents for each disposable plastic bag later this year.

Professor Sumit Agarwal from the NUS Business School weighs in by explaining the need to address less price-sensitive consumers with more drastic measures and consider carbon scores and rewards systems to incentivise individuals to go green.

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