Public Cleanliness

Cleaning of Public Areas

The Department of Public Cleanliness (DPC) was formed on 1 April 2012. It was renamed as Division of Public Cleanliness with effect from 1 September 2020.

DPC’s objective is to improve the cleaning service quality in public areas by progressively incorporating higher performance standards and service delivery for public places. In addition, DPC also manages the clean-up of public places after emergency events such as road spillage, coastal oil spill, flood, tsunami, volcanic ash fallout and infectious disease outbreak.

DPC is responsible for cleaning the following areas, and carrying out the following cleaning activities:

Public areas

  • Roads, pavements, back lanes, walkways, footpaths, footbridges, overhead bridges, underpasses
  • Drains, and waterways
  • Vacant state land
  • Estate playgrounds, community parks, park connectors, and coastal parks
  • Public beaches [Yearly Flotsam Data]
  • URA car parks

Examples of cleaning activities

  • Sweeping
  • Removal of debris and leaf litter
  • Removal of bulky waste
  • Litter picking
  • Clearing of bins
  • De-silting of drains

Asset owners will continue to be responsible for work such as structural repairs and maintenance, horticulture and grass-cutting, toilet cleaning, and removal of graffiti. 

Service providers

NEA engages four service providers to clean the public areas it is responsible for. The contact information, regions, and cleaning services provided by our service providers can be found in the table below.

Alternate Roadside Parking Programme

Public cleaning is very manpower intensive. In Singapore’s ever-tightening manpower landscape, the current manual mode of public cleaning is not sustainable in the long term. NEA works closely with its cleaning service providers (SP) as well as the community to find ways to improve cleaning productivity and efficiency and shift away from manual mode of cleaning. In the cleaning of private estates, vehicles parked by the roadside is a major obstruction to the safe operation of mechanical road sweepers and they also obstruct the cleaners cleaning the roadsides.

To enable the deployment of mechanical road sweepers to clean the estates effectively, NEA introduce the Alternate Roadside Parking programme as a trial since 2019 at selected estates, whereby we work closely with the grassroots and local community to park their vehicles on one side of the road on the day and time when the other side of the road is being cleaned. Signages are installed on lampposts in the estates to remind residents of the cleaning days and the side of the road that they can park their vehicles on those days. Information pamphlets are also distributed early to the residents so that they can adjust their parking arrangement accordingly.

As at Dec 2023, 21 private estates had participated in the trial and showed good response and support for the programme. The cleanliness levels of these estates had also improved with the better cleaning coverage. NEA will expand the programme to more estates.

If your estate wishes to participate in the programme, please contact NEA Division of Public Cleanliness (DPC)

Name of Officer                    Email Address

Mr Madhavan Sridhar  
Mr Aaron Low               
Mr Alex Lee                   

List of estates that participated in the programme

S/NName of Estate GRC 
 1Woodgrove Estate Marsiling - Yew Tee
 2 Namly Estate Holland - Bukit Timah
 3 Jalan Wajek Holland - Bukit Timah
 4 Lakeside Grove Jurong
 5 Mei Hwan Estate Aljunied
 6 Happy Estate Bishan - Toa Payoh
 7 Windsor Park Bishan - Toa Payoh
 8 Cambridge Road Tanjong Pagar
 9 Cashew Crescent Holland - Bukit Timah
 10 Galistan Avenue Chua Chu Kang
 11 Jalan Jelita Tanjong Pagar
 12 Soo Chow Garden Bishan - Toa Payoh
 13 Chuan Walk Aljunied
 14 Jalan Pari Burong/ Jalan Pari Dedap East Coast
 15 Jalan Kandis Sembawang
 16 Springleaf Crescent Nee Soon
 17 Sennett Avenue East Coast
 18 Li Hwan Drive Aljunied
 19 Lorong Sari West Coast
 20 Thomson Ridge Bishan - Toa Payoh
 21 Evergreen Avenue East Coast