Man defiant after NEA surveillance camera allegedly caught him throwing lighted cigarette butt from bedroom window
Think twice before you litter from your window.
A man in Singapore has pledged to litter more after he was served with a letter by the National Environment Agency for high-rise littering.
Caught littering from bedroom window
This is according to a Facebook post by the man, which showed a physical copy of a notice sent by the NEA warning him of a high-rise littering offence.
This was after a NEA surveillance camera filmed a person throwing a “lighted cigarette butt” out from the bedroom window of the man’s residential premises.
The post was shared more than 1,500 times before it was removed.
According to the notice, which was dated Sept. 19, the act was committed on Sept. 5, 2018, at around 12:34am.
The notice also included the Facebook user’s address, adding that their “investigation revealed that [he is] the owner of the said premises”.
Responses to the post chastised the man for his recalcitrant attitude.
Surveillance cameras installed to combat high-rise littering problem
According to Channel NewsAsia, in March last year, the NEA started installing surveillance cameras in areas where high-rise littering was frequently committed.
Before the measure was implemented, it was reported that many hours of stakeouts were needed to catch the offender commit the act.
Under the Environment Public Health Act, offenders who are caught littering for the first time can be fined a maximum of S$2,000.
As for offenders caught a second time, they can be fined S$4,000.
Third and subsequent offenders can be fined S$10,000.
Offenders might also be ordered to serve Corrective Work Order (CWOs).
Not the first time
This is not the first time residents were fined for high-rise littering.
Previously, two women were fined S$400 and S$800 respectively in 2013 for throwing plastic bags and cigarette butts out of their windows, according to a report by The Straits Times.
A man was also fined S$19,800 in 2014 for throwing cigarette butts out from his window, Today reported.
Top image adapted via Facebook & Shermin Ng/Unsplash (actual HDB building not pictured in image)