Woman fined $1,600 for repeatedly throwing used sanitary pads out of Toa Payoh flat

Image of the used sanitary pad (circled) thrown out of the window.
Image of the used sanitary pad (circled) thrown out of the window.PHOTO: NEA
Image of the used sanitary pad (circled) thrown out of the window.
Image of the used sanitary pad (circled) thrown out of the window.PHOTO: NEA

SINGAPORE - A 28-year old woman was fined $1,600 and sentenced to three hours of Corrective Work Order (CWO) for repeatedly throwing used sanitary pads out of her home at Block 111, Lorong 1 Toa Payoh between Sept 29 and Oct 1, 2016.

The National Environment Agency (NEA) said in a statement on Friday (June 30) that it had received 10 complaints about high-rise littering at the block between January and September 2016. Despite repeated rounds of educational outreach conducted by the town council and stake-outs by NEA officers at the block, the problem persisted.

A surveillance camera deployed by the NEA revealed that the28-year-old was behind three acts of high-rise littering over three days.

On each of the days, the offender would open her window to throw a used sanitary pad out, and shut it immediately after that.

The NEA said that in 2016, it received more than 2,500 complaints about high-rise littering. In most cases, the situation improved following outreach and education efforts. It has also stepped up enforcement efforts against high-rise littering, and will deploy surveillance cameras in areas with persistent cases of high-rise littering feedback.

Between Aug 31, 2012 and 2016, NEA conducted more than 4,100 camera deployments in Housing Board estates and took more than 3,300 enforcement actions against people caught for high-rise littering.

Members of the public who encounter high-rise littering problems can call NEA's 24-hour call centre on 1800-CALL-NEA (1800-2255-632) to provide feedback.