Singapore Going After Litter Bugs

More people were caught littering in Singapore last year, with more than 20,000 tickets issued, the National Environment Agency (NEA) said in an annual report released on Monday (Oct 9).

This is an increase from the roughly 14,000 tickets issued in 2021. In 2020, about 17,400 tickets were issued for littering.

NEA said it has stepped up enforcement at littering hotspots, such as People’s Park Complex and Tekka Centre. It used remote surveillance cameras in these areas from April in addition to enforcement officers.

The report outlines the agency’s corporate information, sustainability efforts and public outreach initiatives. 

It showed that the number of enforcement actions taken against high-rise littering hit a three-year low last year, with about 1,100 enforcement actions. That figure is down from about 1,500 in 2021 and about 2,000 in 2020. Enforcement actions entail fines issued by a court, Corrective Work Orders (CWOs), or both. 

“Littering from residential flats is a serious offence, as it poses a danger to the public, dirties the environment and threatens our public hygiene,” said the agency.

From 2020 to 2022, NEA investigated an average of 31,200 high-rise littering reports annually. Over the same period, it deployed an average of 2,600 cameras each year.

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