Sunday, September 30, 2007

Uniquely Singapore - Littering at Letter Boxes Area

May 9th, 2007

In emails, we have spam mails (electronic junk mails). In printed form, we have flyers, unsolicited commercial messages, etc put inside our letter boxes.

Most of us in Singapore stay in flats purchased from HDB (our housing authority). Consider one living in a 5-room HDB flat with 25 storeys. This block will have 96 families under one roof. If each family receives an average of 5 flyers per day, then the letter boxes will have 480 flyers. Assuming half of the tenants open their letter boxes each day, they will have taken out 240 flyers.

What happen to the flyers? Most will just throw them indiscrimately on the floor. Some civic-minded persons will walk a short distance and throw them in the rubbish bin nearby.

To solve the problem of littering at letter boxes area, the estate management of HDB come up with an unique idea of constructing a containment directly below the letter boxes. Functionally it is effective in controlling this problem of littering, but the authority is sending out a wrong message to those that litters ... it is OK to throw litter and let others (the cleaners) to pick up the pieces.

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