The Public Hygiene Council (PHC) has launched the Estate CleanPod initiative on SG Clean Day, 31 October 2021, to promote the sharing of litter picking tools where everyone can organise their own litter picking at public spaces at their convenience.
The Estate CleanPod initiative follows the success of the CleanPods at the beaches and public parks in Singapore. This shared resource will reduce wastage and encourage residents to take responsibility to keep their estates clean.
Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State for the Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment, officially opened the new CleanPod at Bukit Batok’s Fuji Hill Park.
The parks and beaches where CleanPods can be found are Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, Changi Beach Park, Coney Island Park, East Coast Park, Jurong Central Park, Pasir Ris Park, Tiong Bahru Park and Woodlands Waterfront Park.
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Since the start of 2021, about 20,000 users have registered or indicated interest for clean-up activities while 280 organisations and groups have made use of CleanPods as of end September 2021.
“‘Cleanliness begins with us’ – this long-time saying still holds true. And now, we can start in our own backyards, even when the litter itself isn’t ours. While it is good practice to bin our own litter, let’s elevate the cleanliness of our neighbourhoods by picking up the trash you can visibly see that’s strewn around,” Mr Edward D’Silva, Chairman of Public Hygiene Council.
Adding on, he said, “We can be proud to take ownership of our public parks, gardens and estate’s cleanliness. Residents can now do so by utilising the shared tools in our CleanPods to organise their own litter-picking activities. Let’s not wait for cleaners to sweep our void decks, public parks and gardens when we can obtain tongs from the CleanPods to pick up the litter.”
Clean & Green Singapore
SG Clean Day also kicks-off a month-long litter picking activities in November, which coincides with Clean & Green Singapore (CGS) campaign. The initiative encourages public to play their part to keep our public spaces clean and recognise the work of our cleaners.
For this quarter’s SG Clean Day, the PHC has also partnered with National Parks Board (NParks) and 17 Town Councils islandwide.
“Since the pandemic, more people have been visiting our green spaces for exercise and leisure. Through the SG Clean Day initiative, we would like to encourage everyone to play a part in keeping our parks, gardens and public spaces clean. This way, our green spaces can continue to offer respite and enhance the mental and physical well-being of visitors for years to come. Let us work together to foster community stewardship in our City in Nature,” said Mr Tang Tuck Weng, Assistant Chief Executive Officer of NParks.
For more information on CleanPods and how to access them, visit PHC’s official website at www.publichygienecouncil.sg/cleanpod. Those keen to help out at a beach cleanup can also register at www.publichygienecouncil.sg/beachcleanup.