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16 Oct 2019
National Environment Agency
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Several factors determine location, development timeline of hawker centres

We thank Mr Loong Chik Tong for his letter (Long wait for hawker centre, Oct 7). Several factors drive the location and timeline for hawker centre development. Besides current population of the town, other factors include the availability of sites for development, existing food options and projected population growth of the town. As our community dining rooms, sites for hawker centres should ideally also offer convenient access, such as being near to ......



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12 Oct 2019
National Environment Agency
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Be clear about what items can or cannot be recycled

Greater consistency of information and messaging around recycling, as well as more comprehensive instructions, is currently needed. Its lack may have been hampering ongoing efforts to encourage Singaporeans to be more active and conscientious in their recycling habits. Consistency of information should be enhanced across the board and across the various agencies. Take, for instance, the National Environment Agency's list of common items that can and c......



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07 Oct 2019
National Environment Agency
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Long wait for hawker centre

Choa Chu Kang residents will have to wait even longer for their first hawker centre to be built. It was announced that Choa Chu Kang will get a hawker centre in its town centre but that it will only be constructed after the Jurong Region Line construction works are completed in 2026. A second hawker centre will be in the planned Yew Tee Integrated Development opening in 2026 (Choa Chu Kang to have two new hawker centres, Sept 23). Choa Chu Kang has a ......



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03 Oct 2019
National Environment Agency
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Building a cohesive society right down to our coffee shops

In recent weeks, several incidents have highlighted the racial fault lines in our society. Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam correctly suggested that various sections of society need to come together to build bonds of trust between those from different racial and religious backgrounds (Racial harmony requires ground-up efforts: Shanmugam, Sept 30). While everyone has a part to play when it comes to this unity, I feel a greater burden of this responsibility ......



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22 Sep 2019
National Environment Agency
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Take action against S'pore firms linked to burning

The dreaded environmental spectacle of the haze is back, forcing millions of Singaporeans and others around the region to breathe in polluted air caused by the burning of forests in Sumatra and Kalimantan. Our entire city, including our elderly, vulnerable and young, suffers through unhealthy air, activity cancellations and bleak grey skies. This burning has gone on for decades, all for the profits of a few large companies. At least one such company whose plantation......



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16 Sep 2019
National Environment Agency
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Update public on probe into giving of red packets at crematorium

It has been more than seven months since the National Environment Agency (NEA) gave an update on what was then an ongoing probe by the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) into the illegal practice of crematorium and funeral staff receiving red packets at Mandai Crematorium for services rendered (More than just a gift?, Feb 10). Can the CPIB and NEA update the public on the investigations that have been done since, and whether there have been any actions taken against the......



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14 Sep 2019
National Environment Agency
Suggestion View - 5
Cut down waste at trade fairs

Every year, thousands of people flock to the Comex fair to check out or buy the latest electronic gadgets. Exhibitors slash prices and make generous promotional offers to attract consumers and boost their sales figures. But the joy of getting new gadgets comes at a cost to the environment as more electronic waste is produced. Exhibitors also spend huge sums of money to set up attractive booths, and print posters, fliers and brochures. A......



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07 Sep 2019
National Environment Agency
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FairPrice's move to cut plastic bag use may backfire

Singapore's largest supermarket chain, FairPrice, will charge for plastic bags in a month-long trial (Plastic bag fee at some FairPrice outlets, Sept 5). As an environmentalist, I welcome this move but remain sceptical about its effectiveness. For a mere 20 cents, shoppers can still take as many plastic bags as they want. This fee is too insignificant to discourage shoppers from taking the bags. In fact, it may backfire. Some consumers ......



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02 Sep 2019
National Environment Agency
Suggestion View - 53
Simpler ways to reduce food wastage

We can start small to tackle the issue of food waste before thinking big to overhaul the food supply chain (Overhaul in food supply chain needed, says study, Aug 28). For a start, the packaging of food items at major supermarkets can be divided into smaller portions, especially for perishable products, like pre-packed fresh meat and vegetables. Unlike in wet markets where such perishables are sold in loose quantities which allows you to buy what you need, you do not......



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23 Jun 2019
National Environment Agency
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Employ contract inspectors to check for mosquito breeding

I suspect that we have a mosquito problem due to the large numbers of construction sites. Households can also be contributing to this problem. NEA is probably overwhelmed and cannot cope with the inspection work. I suggest that they engage contract inspectors, give them training, and ask them to visit houses and inspect for mosquito. ......



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21 Jun 2019
National Environment Agency
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Get tough on owners who don't clean up after pets

Despite numerous notices displayed in lift lobbies and parks advising pet owners to clean up after their pets, it seems many simply can't be bothered and continue to act in an inconsiderate and irresponsible manner. It's time for the authorities to get tough for the sake of hygiene. Some residents have even resorted to putting up their own notices inside lifts near the soiled areas, appealing to pet owners to be good and responsible neighbours by not ......



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21 Jun 2019
National Environment Agency
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NEA pushing for more to take part in reducing disposables

We thank Mr Hubert Yeo for his letter (More firms should join Say Yes to Waste Less campaign, June 13). The National Environment Agency (NEA) recently launched the nationwide Say Yes to Waste Less campaign to raise awareness of the impact of excessive consumption of disposables and the need for reduction. A key thrust of this campaign is to interrupt and nudge behaviour towards reducing disposables at points of consumption, such as food......



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20 Jun 2019
National Environment Agency
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NEA takes firm action in home checks

We thank Mr William Bremner and Mr Taim Oon Chew for their feedback (Fine residents who refuse NEA checks for mosquito breeding, June 13; and Use law to fullest in fight against dengue, June 14). The National Environment Agency (NEA) takes a systematic and holistic approach to arrest dengue transmission in Singapore. Our strategies for dengue clusters include continuous surveillance of Aedes mosquitoes activity through the deployment of......



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19 Jun 2019
National Environment Agency
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Disposables not allowed at new hawker centres

We thank Mr Wong Weng Fai for his feedback (Phase out single-use utensils, June 13). The National Environment Agency (NEA) has been working with various stakeholders to reduce the use of disposables. This includes encouraging the use of non-disposable cutlery and crockery by stallholders at our hawker centres. For newer hawker centres, such as those at Our Tampines Hub, Pasir Ris Central and Yishun Park, NEA has disallowe......



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15 Jun 2019
National Environment Agency
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Don't ban 'choping', let's establish dining etiquette instead

It is true that "choping" has become such a deeply ingrained habit that many of us find it difficult to change and I agree with Mr Terence Lim's candid views (Recognise 'Ƨhoping' as Singapore's culture, June 12). However, it is good to study this issue in perspective and come up with ideas to resolve this social irritant. First of all, we should determine why people have to "chope" seats in food outlets, especially at hawker centres.br......



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15 Jun 2019
National Environment Agency
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Singapore seeks to close as many waste loops as possible

We thank Dr Snigdha Sharma for her suggestions (Look into generating energy from plastic waste, June 8). We have designated 2019 as the Year Towards Zero Waste, where we will adopt a circular economy approach to conserve resources for a sustainable Singapore. This involves viewing our waste as a valuable resource and seeking to close as many waste loops as possible. Indeed, in Singapore, all incinerable waste, including p......



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14 Jun 2019
National Environment Agency
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Increase fines for firms that discharge waste illegally

I was utterly appalled when I read the report about companies illegally dumping wastewater containing chemicals or other materials into public sewers (Illegal discharge into sewers: 38 firms punished, June 11). The high number of firms caught, high number of repeat offenders and that large, reputable companies were involved shocked me. Given that there are many big companies on the list, it makes me shudder to think about the amount of ......



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13 Jun 2019
National Environment Agency
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Fine residents who refuse NEA checks for mosquito breeding

My family and I have been living in a house in Jurong for 11 years. In the past year, there has been a serious mosquito problem in our area. Earlier this year, our street was declared a dengue red zone and we redoubled our five-step Mozzie Wipeout efforts - something we take very seriously. Our home and the surrounding premises have been inspected by National Environment Agency (NEA) officers on many occasions. Not only d......



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12 Jun 2019
National Environment Agency
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Urgent need to reduce disposables

I applaud the move by 59 organisations that joined a nationwide National Environment Agency campaign to get the public to choose reusable options (Nationwide push to reduce disposables, encourage reusables, June 9). It is time for more initiatives and measures to be implemented towards reducing disposables. Companies can do their part by following Ikea's practice of not providing plastic bags but, instead, selling reusable bags and enco......



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08 Jun 2019
National Environment Agency
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NEA officers trained to carry out roles

We thank Mr Mok Soh Hah for his feedback (Not right anti-litter message, May 31). We agree with him that everyone has a part to play in upholding the high standards of cleanliness and public health in Singapore. We are encouraged that the vast majority of residents do bin their litter, and some even participate actively in litter-picking activities. Through these actions, they demonstrate gracious and responsible behaviou......



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07 Jun 2019
National Environment Agency
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NEA will act firmly against litterbugs

We thank Mr Molan Yeo for his letter (Littering at Kallang MRT station, May 24). The National Environment Agency (NEA) is aware of the littering feedback at the vacant land near Kallang MRT station where people gather, and has stepped up enforcement and educational efforts in the area. Educational banners to advise members of the public to bin their litter are on display there and the area pointed out by Mr Yeo has sufficient rubbish bi......



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02 May 2019
National Environment Agency
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Review how recyclable waste is collected from bins

If up to 40 per cent of what goes into recycling bins cannot be recycled because they are either non-recyclable or soiled by food or liquids, that is indeed a very high level of wastage (Six in 10 households recycle often, but not all get it right, April 30). One major factor contributing to this problem is the indiscriminate use of recycling bins by the public, either due to sheer ignorance or for the sake of convenience. I have been a......



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23 Apr 2019
National Environment Agency
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Don't overlook harms of noise pollution for residents

A report last month on reducing the noise of construction equipment ($2m fund to help firms get quieter construction equipment, March 12) and the National Environment Agency's (NEA) letter (NEA acts on contractors violating noise regulations, and not only when there are complaints, March 28) focused on the noise from construction activities, which is somehow inevitable. However, not all noise emanating from construction sites is due to construction ac......



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04 Apr 2019
National Environment Agency
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Review locations of current fishing grounds

The current legal fishing grounds for the public are overcrowded, with some located close to other water activities. Singapore makes an excellent place for fishing activities as it is surrounded by water and also contains many reservoirs and waterways. However, the authorities have demarcated very limited space for fishing. Restricting anglers to a small area poses serious risks of having them injure one another with the ......



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02 Apr 2019
National Environment Agency
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No practical solution to noise pollution, so we should adapt

I read with disappointment that Mr Tan Kay Khoo would use environment issues as a reason for removing lower-floor parking priority for season-parking motorists (No compelling reason to reserve lower floors for season parking, March 28). The Housing Board designs and sells a......



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22 Mar 2019
National Environment Agency
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Potential costs outweigh benefits

Fortunately, the National Environment Agency has no immediate plan to introduce a "pay as you throw" waste disposal system ('Pay-as-you-throw' system to limit household waste?, March 15). If residents were forced to pay as they throw, it would likely result in widespread dumping of trash in places such as common corr......



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22 Mar 2019
National Environment Agency
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Introduce incentives to reduce waste

Instead of a "pay-as-you-throw" scheme, which could lead to abuse, waste reduction incentives could be introduced ('Pay-as-you-throw' system to limit household waste?, March 15). Residents could be rewarded with discount coupons for supermarkets if they have contributed a certain amount of recycling material.......



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21 Mar 2019
National Environment Agency
Suggestion View - 3
Devote land to growing crops

I applaud Singapore for opening up land for agri-tech ventures and the fishing industry to make our country more self-sufficient in producing our own food and less dependent on Malaysia. With the growth of online shopping and e-commerce, the Government should stop building shopping centres and, instead, devote the land and space to growing vegetables and crops (Fresh veggies, all from rooftop farm at HDB carpark, March 5). Land-scarce S......



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19 Mar 2019
National Environment Agency
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Pay as you throw

I read with interest NEA's new "Pay as you Throw" idea of leveraging on RFID technology to monitor and limit rubbish dump by households. It is an interesting idea and I am afraid that it will only remain that - an interesting idea.  This idea may score some success with households that do not mind paying a little more for the dumping of their rubbish or those households which are seriously green conscious. But like it or not, they are in the m......



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18 Mar 2019
National Environment Agency
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Understand link between noise and quality of life

I believe the problem of construction noise lies with the small and medium-sized contractors ($2m fund to help firms get quieter construction equipment, March 12; and More must be done to reduce noise from construction work, May 9, 2018). Their haphazard attitude to noisy demolition work and the lack of wherewithal to invest in modern equipment seem to be the cause of many people's suffering in Singapore. When eight out of 10 in the pop......



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