Indiscriminate dumpers earn ESM Goh's rebuke

Indiscriminate dumpers earn ESM Goh's rebuke

SINGAPORE - Unwanted bulky items - such as mattresses and cabinets - left in public areas account for an average of 60 cases of feedback received by the National Environment Agency (NEA) each week. This has raised concern among various Members of Parliament (MPs).

NEA said it has recorded about 2,100 cases of feedback on bulky items discarded in public areas from Jan 1 till Aug 25 this year. These areas include roadsides, pavements and vacant land, and could pose a fire or mosquito-breeding hazard.

"Any improperly discarded item poses health and safety hazards. For instance, items or receptacles which collect water have the potential to become mosquito-breeding grounds," said an NEA spokesman.

In an Aug 27 Facebook post on the MParader page, Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong wrote of how Singaporeans are "far from being a gracious and civic-minded people", as private-housing residents in his Marine Parade ward often discard such items indiscriminately to save on getting a contractor to remove them.

He highlighted bulky items, including a sofa and cabinets, which had been discarded at the junction of Fowlie Road and Ceylon Road.

When My Paper visited the estate yesterday, there were no improperly disposed bulky items. But residents said such incidents are common and items can be left uncleared for up to a week.

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