Clean Tables

Clean Tables Support Scheme

Clean Tables Support Scheme (CTSS)

On 6 February 2021, the NEA launched the Clean Tables Campaign to remind diners at public dining places to keep tables clean by clearing their used tissues and wet wipes, disposable crockery and returning their trays and used crockery after their meals. In support of the Clean Tables Campaign, NEA has implemented a voluntary co-funding scheme, entitled “Clean Tables Support Scheme (CTSS)”, to help coffeeshop and food court owners/operators defray the costs of putting in place tray/crockery return facilities and for purchasing of trays. Under this support scheme, coffeeshop and food court owners/operators can apply for 50% co-funding of the total costs incurred for the purchase of tray/crockery return facilities and/or trays, capped at $2,500 per premises.

Good public and personal hygiene are the first line of defence against diseases. Coupled with intensified public education and engagement, the increase in provision of tray/crockery return facilities and trays in coffeeshops and food courts will help facilitate and provide the means for diners to do their part to improve the overall cleanliness of these public dining places in the long run. 

For more information on the Clean Tables Campaign, please visit NEA's website.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. The CTSS is open to all coffeeshop and food court owners/operators that hold a valid SFA Foodshop (Coffeeshop/Eating House) or SFA Foodshop (Food Court) licence respectively, subject to NEA’s assessment of eligibility.
  2. Coffeeshop owners/operators who have purchased tray/crockery return racks under the Coffeeshop Toilet Improvement Programme (CTIP) will not be co-funded for the purchase of tray/crockery return facilities under this scheme. However, they are eligible to be co-funded for the purchase of trays, with the quantity of trays capped at 100 pieces per food stall and capped at $2,500 per premises, whichever is lower.
  3. Tray/crockery return facilities and/or trays must be purchased during the period from 1 May 2021 to 30 November 2021 in order to be eligible for the scheme. Please refer to the section “List of Items Eligible and Not Eligible for the CTSS” for the list of eligible items under the CTSS.
  4. Individual stalls in coffeeshops and food courts are to approach the main coffeeshop/food court operators to purchase trays, if needed.  Applications from stalls will not be accepted.

Duration of Scheme
The scheme will run from 1 May 2021 to 30 November 2021. Applications and supporting documents must reach NEA by 31 December 2021. NEA reserves the right to adjust the application deadline.

Level of Support
Subject to NEA’s assessment, successful applicants will receive co-funding support for 50% of qualifying costs (excludes GST) for the purchase of tray/crockery return facilities and/or trays, capped at $2,500 per premises.

Application Evaluation
Each application will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. If applicant is unsure of which tray/crockery return facilities will be supported under the scheme, please do seek clarifications from NEA before making purchases. NEA reserves the rights to reject any ineligible application.

Application Process
Please submit your application and relevant supporting documents / information to NEA via FormSG. (Please note that the application link will only be available from 1 May 2021 to 31 December 2021).The supporting documents required include but are not limited to:

(a)  ACRA Bizfile registration [record not more than (6) months from date of application];

(b)  Details of SFA’s issued licence type, licence number and licence expiry date;

(c)   Layout plan detailing number of foodstalls in the premises

(d)  Invoice(s), receipt(s)- proofs of payment and delivery order(s) for the purchase of tray/crockery return facilities and/or trays; and

(e)  Photos of tray/crockery return facilities and/or trays purchased.

Please download the checklist to ensure you have all the supporting documents and information ready to complete the application via FormSG.

Disbursement of Grant

Grant will be disbursed to successful applicants on a reimbursement basis, subject to NEA’s assessment of eligibility.

Payment will be made to the registered bank account in Vendors@Gov after your application is approved. 

Click here for more information on creating a Vendors@Gov account.

List of Items Eligible and Not Eligible for CTSS

The following tray/crockery return facilities that help diners do their part in clearing their tables after their meals in the coffeeshops and food courts will be supported under CTSS:

  • Food trays
  • Tray/crockery return racks
  • Tray/crockery return trolleys
  • Built-in shelves for tray/crockery return
  • Tray/crockery return counters/stations
    • Combination of a countertop/racks, trash bin(s), with space set aside for cleaners to sort the trays and crockery before sending them for washing or back to stall holders
  • Tray/crockery return system
    • Combination of racks, trash bin(s) integrated with the central washing area or other systems that facilitate the return and sorting of trays and crockery

The CTSS does not support purchases of the following items:

  • Pails or receptacles (pails bought as part of tray/crockery return counters/stations, or system will be eligible)
  • Cutlery and utensils
  • Standalone trash bins (pedal bins to facilitate disposable of food waste at tray/crockery return counters/stations will be eligible)
  • Trash bin linings
  • Cleaning and disinfection supplies (e.g. sanitiser, cloth)

Contact Information

For more information and enquiries on the CTSS, you may contact:

NEA Sanitation and Industry Policy Department at NEA_CTSS@nea.gov.sg

For any feedback or suggestions, you may submit via the NEA online feedback form.

Frequently asked questions are available at this link.