Man fined $19,800 for throwing cigarette butts out of Compassvale flat

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A 38-year-old man was fined $19,800 and sentenced to perform five hours of corrective work order for repeatedly throwing cigarette butts out of his flat.

To date, it is the highest fine given for high-rise littering.

The man committed 34 such acts from his unit at Block 224C Compassvale Walk, the National Environment Agency (NEA) said in a statement on Wednesday.

It is not known which floor he stays on.

The offences were committed between March 13 and March 16 last year, and he was fined six months later on Sept 19, reported The Straits Times.

Educate residents

The NEA said it had received five instances of feedback on high-rise littering at the block between June 2013 and June 2014.

In response, the agency had staked out the area, and the Town Council and grassroots organisations had made rounds to educate residents. Still, the problem persisted.

The offender was finally caught after the NEA installed surveillance cameras.

Enforcement actions

The agency said it received 2,500 pieces of feedback on high-rise littering in 2014.

"In most cases, the situation improved following outreach and education efforts by NEA, the Town Councils and grassroots organisations," it said in the statement.

Enforcement efforts have also been ramped up, with more surveillance cameras being deployed in areas with persistent high-rise littering feedback.

Cameras were deployed at about 600 such places, and NEA took 206 enforcement actions against offenders caught throwing high-rise litter such as tissue paper and food waste.

The NEA said it will continue to work with the relevant Town Councils and grassroots organisations on outreach efforts to encourage residents to be gracious and to take personal ownership of shared environment spaces.

Source: The Straits Times

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