Lift doors to help spread green message

Residents in Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC will be the first in Singapore to be greeted by messages outside their Housing Board lifts encouraging them to adopt green practices.

This is after the doors of lifts in over 360 blocks are plastered with such posters in a project called Message On A Lift, that began about a week ago.

Member of Parliament for Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC and Mayor of North East District Teo Ser Luck said yesterday that the project, which began in Punggol, will also be carried out in other neighbourhoods in the district, such as Pasir Ris and Tampines.

He said: "Hopefully, we will be able to create an awareness so that residents will understand and appreciate the importance of protecting the environment."

Mr Teo was speaking at the Give It Back! block party held for residents at Block 159, Rivervale Crescent in Punggol East, yesterday. The event was also held to mark Earth Day and saw the launch of a partnership between North East Community Development Council and Coca-Cola Singapore.

As part of the partnership, Coca-Cola Singapore, together with agencies like the National Environment Agency, will give residents recycling tips.

At such block parties, residents can look forward to an innovative "Coca-Cola Recycle Happiness Machine" - a vending machine that rewards residents who insert recyclables with surprises and gifts made from recycled plastic.

Punggol resident Leslie Tan, 37, who works as a safety officer, said: "The messages on lifts will serve as a reminder for me to practise recycling. Once people see you recycle, they will be influenced to do so as well."

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Hopefully, we will be able to create an awareness so that residents will understand and appreciate the importance of protecting the environment. -NORTH EAST DISTRICT MAYOR TEO SER LUCK


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