How does the Ministry mitigate burning of incense/joss paper in public places?
Currently, there are no regulations against the burning of incense in public places. Being a multi-cultural society, the Government encourages members of public, including temples and residents, to practise graciousness and consideration for the environment and neighbouring premises, when carrying out religious practices in public places. The public is advised to clean up the place after they have made their offerings. When burning joss paper, candles etc., they should make use of the proper pits and containers provided at the designated points, such as those provided by the Town Councils.
If you have an enquiry, you may share via the online feedback form.
How can I become a community volunteer?
Protecting the environment is the responsibility of everyone in the community. We can do this by leading eco-friendly lifestyles,
and by taking ownership of our living environment. Our environment volunteers play a key role in our efforts to harness local
knowledge and co-create solutions, and in encouraging Singaporeans to keep our city clean and liveable.
You can make a difference by being an environment volunteer. NEA offers a variety of volunteer opportunities: participating in
events to promote environmental awareness and conservation, beautifying our community spaces, and garnering support for
ground-up environmental projects. No effort is ever too small.
The primary role of a Community Volunteer (CV) is to educate environmental offenders to stop the offending acts and
encourage greater ownership of the environment.
The CVs are empowered to request particulars of offenders who fail to heed their advice. The particulars are sent to the
National Environment Agency (NEA) for follow-up action. To tackle recalcitrant smokers on their premises, operators and
managers, or their nominated staff, could consider coming on board the Community Volunteer (CV) programme where
individuals are trained by NEA officers to educate offenders. If an offender does not heed the repeated advice of a CV, CVs are
empowered to take down the particulars of the offender. The particulars of the offender would then be submitted for NEA’s
consideration to follow through with the enforcement action.
If you believe in making a difference to the community and improving our environment, we welcome you to visit the NEA’s
How can I report illegal hawking?
The Singapore Food Agency (SFA) is the reviewing agency for all illegal hawking issues. You may share your feedback and report on any illegal hawking matters via the SFA's feedback form.
Why can’t we ban smoking in all public areas?
Although the long-term goal is to prohibit smoking at all public places, except at Designated Smoking Areas (DSA) , we need to
recognise that smokers also need space to smoke. The National Environment Agency (NEA) has been progressively extending the Smoking Regulations to more public places where the public are more likely to be exposed everyday to second-hand tobacco smoke, in consultation with the public and relevant stakeholders.
In 2013, the NEA extended the smoking prohibition to common areas in residential buildings, sheltered walkways, linkways,
overhead bridges, outdoor compounds of hospitals and a five metre buffer zone around bus shelters.In June 2016, the smoking ban was also extended to include more public areas such as, reservoirs and more than 400 parks. These include parks under the purview of JTC Corporation, parks in public housing estates, which are managed by the respective Town
Councils, and neighbourhood parks, under NParks, which are within private housing estates.Since 30 June 2017, NEA also stopped accepting applications for smoking corners in all food retail establishments.
Existing smoking corners will remain until the current licence expires. Food retail establishments with smoking
corners are required to demarcate the smoking corner clearly, but setting up of physical partitions is not compulsory.Since January 2019, public areas within the Orchard Road precinct was designated as a No Smoking Zone (NSZ). Brochures listings of the locations of DSAs are available at shopping malls and point-of-sales of tobacco products. Signage and advertisements are also found at lamp posts and bins in the erected areas, selected bus stops and on buses that ply Orchard Road.More information can be found at the NEA’s website here.
How does the Ministry control air pollution from industries in Singapore?
The National Environment Agency (NEA) evaluates the hazard and pollution impact of industries to ensure that they do not contribute to unmanageable pollution, health and safety hazards. An industry is allowed to be set up only if it is sited in an appropriate industrial estate, and can comply with the pollution control requirements.
NEA checks the designs of industrial plants and pollution control equipment at the building plan stage for compliance with pollution control requirements. Industries need to conduct source emission tests on their own, or engage accredited consultants to monitor their air emissions regularly, and to take measures to ensure their compliance with the prescribed air emission standards.NEA conducts regular inspections on industries to ensure that pollution control equipment is maintained and operated properly. NEA also conducts source tests on gaseous emissions, fuel analyses and smoke observations of chimneys. NEA’s Source Emission Test Scheme allows industries to monitor their air emissions regularly, and to take measures to ensure compliance with prescribed standards.