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Singapore to install surveillance cameras to curb high-rise littering

(Xinhua)

10:24, March 07, 2012

SINGAPORE, March 6 (Xinhua) -- Singapore's National Environment Agency will install surveillance cameras in places that has a persistent high-rise littering problem, Senior Minister of State for the Environment and Water Resources Grace Fu said on Tuesday.

The move followed statistics showing that the number of high- rise littering cases rose by nearly 700 cases from the previous year to 5,232 in 2011.

The National Environment Agency prosecuted some 40 cases in the last 10 years. Local media said it typically required many hours of stakeouts to catch the offender in action.

Those convicted of high-rise littering, or killer litter, can face imprisonment or a fine, or both. The Housing Development Board (HDB), which builds public housing flats for sale, may also compulsorily acquire the HDB flat or terminate the tenancy if the killer litter is thrown from any HDB property.

Nevertheless, Fu said it does not completely address the challenge by stepping up enforcement alone.

"We must build greater individual ownership and community action if we are to raise the standard of cleanliness in all our public spaces," she said in the parliament.

Environment authorities are working with the Ministry of Education to integrate environmental responsibility into the ministry's values-driven school curriculum, she said.

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