KEEPING PUBLIC SPACES CLEAN
WE THANK Mrs Padmini Kesavapany for her views and suggestions ("Time to clean up our act"; Sunday).
Public education and enforcement are key approaches that the National Environment Agency (NEA) has adopted to complement efforts to keep public spaces clean.
The NEA agrees that collective and sustained action is required for the development of good habits.
Recently, the Keep Singapore Clean Movement in Schools was announced by Education Minister Heng Swee Keat to encourage students to keep their schools and neighbourhoods clean.
This is in line with the emphasis on character and citizenship education in schools.
We hope this movement will encourage our youth to develop and demonstrate such good habits.
Concerning the feedback from shopkeepers in Serangoon Road, the NEA will continue to work with public waste collectors to ensure that shopkeepers use refuse bins that are adequately sized to contain the waste generated.
The NEA also monitors and ensures that waste is collected daily, and that shopkeepers also do their part to place all their waste in the bins.
Active citizenry and community efforts to reinforce good values help foster community ownership for a clean environment.
We are encouraged that there are individuals within the community who are keen on making a difference through such positive actions.
For instance, volunteers from Nee Soon South, led by MP Lee Bee Wah, pick up litter on a monthly basis within their housing estate.
We look forward to seeing more of such efforts in other constituencies as everyone contributes to making Singapore a truly clean city.
Tai Ji Choong
Director, Environmental Health Department National Environment Agency
This article was first published on July 11, 2014.
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