SINGAPORE - Residents of Jurong, Clementi and the city sector will have to pay a higher waste collection fee from next month. The city sector covers Tanjong Pagar Road, Serangoon Road, and Old Airport Road.
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Here is the full statement from the National Environment Agency:
Residents living in the Jurong, Clementi and City sectors will soon join the Uniform Fee (UF) scheme for the collection of waste from domestic premises. The UF was first launched in the Pasir Ris-Tampines and Bedok sectors in July 2012. With effect from 1 October 2013, all HDB and landed households in the Jurong, Clementi and City sectors will pay the same fee as that paid by residents in the Pasir-Ris-Tampines and Bedok sectors, i.e. $7.49 per month and $24.81 per month respectively (both fees inclusive of GST). The cost of waste collection has risen since the fees in these three sectors were last set in 2006, due to higher fuel prices and manpower cost.
The UF, where all households pay the same fees for the same tier of waste collection services, was announced by NEA in May 2012 to facilitate the consolidation of the Public Waste Collection (PWC) sectors from nine to six sectors. The consolidation of sectors will allow the PWC industry to realise efficiency gains and mitigate rising costs in labour and fuel, and raise standards and productivity. The transition from nine to six sectors is progressively effected each time a new PWC contract for the respective sector commences (Annex A shows the old and new PWC sectors). Accordingly, the UF will be implemented in phases by sectors, in tandem with the new contracts.
Besides the consolidation of the PWC sectors and implementation of the Uniform Fee, NEA has also been working with the industry to raise overall standards and productivity. This contributes towards maintaining an efficient waste collection and disposal system while upholding high standards of public hygiene and better service delivery for residents. It would also help moderate residents' waste collection fees against the rising costs faced by the industry. In the longer term, this would also help to address challenges such as the scarcity of land for waste facilities, and the need to reduce waste and promote greater recycling.
The next Uniform Fee review is scheduled in January 2015. This will also be when the remaining sectors of Ang Mo Kio-Toa Payoh, Hougang-Punggol, Woodlands-Yishun, and Tanglin-Bukit Merah are brought onto the UF scheme. All households in Singapore will then pay the same Uniform Fee for the same tier of service. Subsequently, NEA will review the Uniform Fee every two yearly.
The public can find out which PWC sector they belong to at http://app2.nea.gov.sg/energy-waste/waste-management/a-new-uniform-fee-for-waste-collection. They can also call the NEA's hotline at 1800-2255 632 for more information about the public waste collection scheme.