National Environment Agency

Let's Make The River Hongbao, Chinatown Lunar New Year Countdown And The Upcoming Chingay Festivities Litter-free Events

Press Release   •   Feb 01, 2011 11:29 +08

Public cleansing at the main Lunar New Year celebration events –River Hongbao, Chinatown Lunar New Year countdown and Chingay has been stepped up. An additional 270 bins have been placed at the sites and over 120 cleaners deployed to pick litter and empty bins throughout the events and support final cleanup operations.

Members of the public who are patronising these events  are encouraged to continue to help keep the public areas clean by disposing of their rubbish into refuse bins. NEA has worked with event organisers to enhance their cleansing regime, place additional refuse bins at the event sites and communicate the anti-littering message to encourage participants to keep the event site litter-free.

Only a handful of litterbugs have been caught at the celebrations, attesting to a public who are more mindful today of keeping their environment clean. 7 tickets for littering were issued at Chinatown since the start of the festivities.

The public is also advised against buying from illegal hawkers who may be selling food, drinks and other New Year goodies. NEA will be deploying enforcement teams to the sites and they will take action against any illegal hawkers and littering offenders.

First-time littering offenders who discard minor litter such as sweet wrappers, cigarette butts, parking coupon tabs and other items improperly are liable for a $300 composition fine. Repeat littering offenders and first-time offenders who throw larger items such as plastic bags, food wrappers and drink cups will be sent to court where they may be imposed with a Corrective Work Order (CWO) and/or a fine not exceeding $1,000. The CWO will require them to carry out public cleansing works for a maximum duration of 12 hours.

As for illegal hawkers, they may be convicted and imposed a fine not exceeding $1,000 and in the case of a second or subsequent conviction, to a fine not exceeding $4,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three months, or to both. The wares that they hawk illegally may also be seized.

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