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
  • 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.