Singapore, 6 June 2022 – A manager in a company providing moving and disposal services, Mr Sooraj s/o Selvaraj, has been fined a total of $10,500 after pleading guilty to the illegal disposal of dismantled furniture and other household items from an assignment at Defu Lane 1 on 7 September 2020. The case was heard in court on 2 June 2022.
2 Investigations by the National Environment Agency (NEA) revealed that on 7 September 2020, Mr Sooraj was on an assignment to transport a client’s unwanted furniture and household items, including a dismantled wooden wardrobe, wooden drawers, and carton boxes containing hardcover binders and papers, to a recycling facility. However, the recycling facility was closed when he arrived. Out of convenience, Mr Sooraj instructed his workers to offload the lorry-load of waste at a secluded alley along Defu Lane 1, while he kept a lookout for passers-by and vehicles.
3 The illegal disposal of waste poses environmental and public health risks, and is a blight on public places. NEA will not hesitate to take strict enforcement action against those who illegally dispose of waste. In this case, Mr Sooraj, who was a first time offender, was convicted of one charge under section 20(1)(a) of the Environmental Public Health Act. He was sentenced to a court fine of $10,500. A first time offender is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $50,000, or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months, or both. Repeat offenders are liable to a maximum fine of $100,000 and to imprisonment for a term of not less than one month and not more than 12 months.
4 Members of the public can assist by submitting reports of suspected illegal disposal electronically via the Online Feedback Form or myENV mobile application. Alternatively, the public may contact NEA at 6225 5632 if they witness any illegal disposal activity. When reporting, it would be helpful to furnish the date, time and location of the incident, registration number of the vehicle used to carry out the illegal disposal, as well as supporting photos and video clips.
Photo showing dismantled furniture and other household items illegally disposed of at a secluded alley along Defu Lane 1.
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