The Straits Times
Published on Sep 30, 2012

NEA to broadcast reminders to return trays at hawker centres

Three hawker centres selected for trial aimed at 'encouraging behavioural change'


Be prepared to plug your ears if Singaporeans do not get into the habit of clearing their food trays at hawker centres. The National Environment Agency (NEA) wants to broadcast messages to remind patrons to return their trays to collection racks.

Three hawker centres - in Bedok, Jurong and Tiong Bahru - have been picked for a trial slated to start by the end of the year. Details of the messages are still being worked out, but the aim is to "encourage behavioural change", the agency told The Sunday Times.

It called for a tender earlier this month for proposals to install public address systems with about eight speakers at the three centres. Besides "return-your-tray" messages, they will also play music.

The agency said in the tender, which closed last Thursday, that while the volume should ensure maximum coverage in each centre, they "must not be too loud for patrons seated near the speakers".