All have part to play in tackling big litter issue

Besides the new residents in Choa Chu Kang Avenue 7 and Keat Hong Link and their contractors, the lack of coordination between the Housing Board and the Choa Chu Kang Town Council (CCKTC) is probably one of the contributing factors to the estate's refuse problem ("Big litter woes in Choa Chu Kang"; last Wednesday, and "Town council acts to curb trash problem"; last Thursday).

For instance, the "No indiscriminate dumping" notice is put up by the CCKTC, but enforcement action is said to be undertaken only by HDB.

And when I asked CCKTC for lift-servicing schedules, it said that HDB has yet to hand over the management of the lifts to it, despite the lifts being open for public use.

There is a lack of designated dumping areas and bins. Meanwhile, no one controls the renovation contractors, who misuse the lifts and tout their services freely at the void decks.

Flat owners have a duty of care to their neighbours by insisting that their contractors abide by the rules.

Loong Chik Tong

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 04, 2016, with the headline 'All have part to play in tackling big litter issue'. Print Edition | Subscribe