What does the Government do to tackle increasing litterbugs in Singapore?
The National Environment Agency (NEA) takes strict enforcement action against litterbugs, who may be subjected to a composition fine of $300 for their first offence. Under the amended Environmental Public Health Act (EPHA), the maximum court penalty for littering-related offences has been doubled since 1 April 2014. The Corrective Work Order (CWO) was also introduced in 1992 to reform littering offenders. Recalcitrant offenders prosecuted in court may be required to perform CWO. More information can be found on NEA’s website here.The Community Volunteer (CV) Programme was also launched in 2013 to encourage greater community ownership and to leverage social pressure for greater deterrence against litterbugs. The CVs are empowered to engage non-compliant offenders on a wide range of offences including littering, pet defecation, urinating and spitting in public places, smoking in prohibited areas, and vehicles with idling engines. More information can be found on NEA’s website here.