Rubbish piles up to 3rd floor in Tampines HDB after someone threw laundry poles down central chute

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Tanya Ong | May 30, 2021, 01:27 PM

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Tampines North has recently been facing a manpower crunch when it comes to cleaners, and an increased workload.

Clogged chute

In a Facebook post, Tampines GRC Baey Yam Keng related an incident of how someone had thrown laundry poles down the central rubbish chute, resulting in rubbish to pile up to the third floor after the poles got stuck.

Cleaners had to go into the chute to dislodge the poles and clear the rubbish, which was "extra and unnecessary" work for them, he said.

Baey Yam Keng/FB

Baey urged everyone to help keep common areas clean, and to be considerate.

Manpower shortage and increased cleaning workload

About 60 per cent of Tampines North cleaning contractor's migrant workers are unable to enter Singapore due to current Covid-19 restrictions, Baey said.

The remaining 40 per cent of the cleaners are "doing their best" and "working harder" to keep common areas clean.

As more residents stay at home and order food or items online, this has been a particularly challenging task given the increasing amount of garbage from packaging.

Given the manpower shortage and increasing workload, he urged residents to be more understanding when it comes to lapses.

In his post, he also shared some examples of trash that has not been disposed of properly.

Baey Yam Keng/FB

Baey Yam Keng/FB

Baey Yam Keng/FB

Top photo via Baey Yam Keng/FB, Ser Tan/FB.