Residents, grassroots members join hands to fight high-rise littering

SINGAPORE - Residents and grassroots members have joined hands to look out for high-rise litterbugs in their neighbourhood.

Under the "Litter-Watch Group'" initiative created by the National Environment Agency and South West Community Development Council (CDC), these volunteers will help look out for high-rise littering culprits and keep authorities updated.

The volunteers are recruited from households staying in the opposite blocks and grassroots members living in the affected blocks or nearby. They will also conduct house visits at affected blocks to remind households not to litter.

The advisory will inform residents that there have been cases of high-rise littering at their block.

The volunteers will operate at Blk 691B Choa Chu Kang Crescent and Blk 191 Boon Lay Drive, where problems of rubbish and cigarette butts being thrown have been reported by the residents from January to June this year.

More volunteers will be recruited to address high-rise littering concerns at Blk 405 Pandan Gardens and Blk 290A Bukit Batok St 24. These blocks have had reported cases of high-rise littering where deployment of surveillance have been deemed unnecessary.

NEA and South West CDC are also placing more educational signage at strategic locations as a reminder to residents to bin their refuse properly and to refrain from high-rise littering.

This iniative complements the recent NEA moves to deploy surveillance cameras at 100 locations.

According to NEA, high-rise littering has become a growing concern among residents living in HDB estates, including in the South West district.

The number of high-rise littering feedback in the South West district has increased by 44 per cent between 2009 and 2011. The number of cases have increased from 951 to 1,370.

Mayor of South West District, Dr Amy Khor said high-rise litter not only mars the environment, but also inconveniences neighbours on lower floors by staining their clothes, windows and floors.

"It is uncivil, inconsiderate and irresponsible. It can also be potentially dangerous.

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