Offender fined $19,800 and sentenced to five hours of CWO
Singapore, 21 January 2015 – The Court has meted out the highest fine to date for high-rise littering offences. On 19 September 2014, a 38 year old male was fined a total of $19,800 and sentenced to five hours of Corrective Work Order (CWO) for committing 34 acts of high-rise littering, by repeatedly throwing cigarette butts out of his home at Block 224C Compassvale Walk between 13 and 16 March 2014.
2 The National Environment Agency (NEA) had received five instances of feedback on high-rise littering at Block 224C Compassvale Walk between June 2013 and June 2014. Despite repeated educational rounds conducted by the Town Council and grassroots organisation, including stake-outs by NEA officers, the high-rise littering problem persisted.
3 NEA subsequently deployed a surveillance camera between 14 and 19 November 2013, and between 13 and 18 March 2014, which revealed 34 acts of high-rise littering from the offender’s unit between 13 and 16 March 2014.
Fig. 1: Image of the offender throwing a cigarette (circled) out of his window
Fig. 2: Image of the offender throwing a lighted cigarette (circled) out of his window
Enforcement Efforts for High-rise Littering in 2014
4 From January to December 2014, NEA received about 2,500 instances of feedback on high-rise littering. In most cases, the situation improved following outreach and education efforts by NEA, the Town Councils and grassroots organisations.
5 NEA has stepped up its enforcement efforts against high-rise littering, and deploys surveillance cameras in areas with persistent high-rise littering feedback. In 2014, NEA deployed the cameras at close to 600 such locations, and took 206 enforcement actions against persons caught for high-rise littering. Common high-rise litter includes cigarette butts, tissue paper and food waste.
Community’s Help Needed to Stem Irresponsible Behaviour
6 NEA, together with the relevant Town Councils and grassroots organisations, will continue with our community outreach efforts to encourage residents to exercise social graciousness and to take personal ownership of our shared environment spaces.
7 Members of the public who encounter high-rise littering problems can call NEA’s 24-hour Call Centre at 1800-CALL-NEA (1800-2255-632) to provide feedback.
The offender was fined $600 per charge for 33 charges, and sentenced to five hours of CWO for one charge
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