SINGAPORE - An anti-littering blitz yesterday nabbed 21 people in four areas across Woodlands and Yishun alone, with the National Environment Agency (NEA) saying that it will continue to conduct such exercises at 92 hot spots across the island.
This was the first large-scale operation - 30 hot spots were targeted - since the agency doubled penalties for littering on April 1.
Recalcitrant litterbugs now face a maximum fine of $2,000, $4,000, and $10,000 respectively for the first, second as well as the third and subsequent court convictions under the Environmental Public Health Act.
During yesterday's exercise, The Sunday Times tailed six plainclothes NEA officers doing their rounds at the area next to Woodlands MRT station between 4pm and 5pm.
At least five offenders were caught for littering and smoking in prohibited areas there during the hour.
Some were seen pleading with NEA officers and trying to give excuses for their actions. One man caught smoking claimed that he was only puffing under a covered walkway "for a short while".
A fresh ITE graduate, who was caught dumping a cigarette butt on the floor, was stoic even when he was issued a summons.