Singapore has long been known as a clean and green city. And it’s not just because of the vast flora and fauna that are found all over our tiny island.
Streets are kept clean by road sweepers and high prices to pay that deter people from littering.
Unfortunately, laziness sometimes still gets the better of humans.
$10k Fine for Illegal Waste Disposal
On Monday (6 June), a moving company manager was fined a total of S$10,500.
All because he had illegally disposed of furniture and other household waste. A high price to pay indeed.
In September 2020, Sooraj Selvaraj was on assignment to transport a client’s unwanted furniture and household items to a recycling facility. The items included a dismantled wooden wardrobe and carton boxes containing hardcover binders and papers.
However, when he reached the recycling facility, it was closed, according to National Environment Agency (NEA).
Out of convenience, Sooraj instructed his workers to offload the lorry-load of waste at a secluded alley along Defu Lane 1 in Hougang, while he kept a lookout for passers-by and vehicles.
Clearly, he knew what they were doing was wrong.
High Prices to Pay
On Monday, Sooraj pleaded guilty to disposing of the items in Hougang.
As a first-time offender, he was convicted of one charge and sentenced to a court fine.
First-time offenders could be liable on conviction to a fine of up to S$50,000, or a jail term of up to a year.
Repeat offenders could be fined up to S$100,000 and jailed for at least one month and up to a year.
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Poses Environmental & Health Risks
So why the big hoo-ha about this crime?
Illegal disposal might just seem like rubbish at the side, but it actually “poses environmental and public health risks, and is a blight on public spaces”, according to NEA.
It added that it will not hesitate to take strict enforcement action against those who illegally dispose of waste.
If you ever come across such acts, you can report suspected cases of illegal disposal to NEA through their online feedback form or the myENV mobile application.
Otherwise, you may also contact NEA at 6225 5632.
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