Rubbish piling up at void decks of new BTO project Tampines GreenVerge

Piles of rubbish can be seen at the void decks in the area, including places not designated for waste. PHOTOS: MR KUMAR

SINGAPORE - Residents moving into a new Build-to-Order project, Tampines GreenVerge, are being greeted by uncleared waste left at the void decks and rubbish chute areas, including from renovation works.

This has become a hot topic in a WhatsApp group chat set up by residents of Block 622A Tampines Avenue 12, one of the 20 blocks in the project.

One of the residents in the WhatsApp chat group, who only wanted to be known as Mr Kumar, said the piles of rubbish have been growing since he moved into his unit on Nov 3. He added that he also saw waste left in many locations when he checked his place out after receiving his keys in August.

In photos that he shared with The Straits Times, many big and bulky cardboard boxes and styrofoam pieces, which held items such as TVs, can be seen at the void decks in the area, including in places not designated for waste.

Unwanted doors and used pallet boxes can also be found stacked against walls there.

Mr Kumar, who lives in his flat with his wife and three children, said that the waste remains in the same place for days.

He added that he is worried about the situation getting worse as more people start to move into the estate.

He is also concerned that the rubbish may be a fire hazard as it obstructs some of the passageways. He added that rats can also be found hiding among the waste.

He said: "You have to walk past the rubbish to get to the carpark. It's very unpleasant."

In response to queries from ST, a spokesman for Tampines Town Council said there is more trash than usual because the project is new and homes are being renovated.

The spokesman added that the town council views the dumping of trash at common areas very seriously and is working closely with the Housing Board to take enforcement actions against errant contractors.

The town council added: "Meanwhile, our officers and cleaners are doing their utmost to clear the trash as quickly as possible."

Mr Kumar is concerned that the rubbish may be a fire hazard as it obstructs some of the passageways. PHOTOS: MR KUMAR

Earlier this year, the issue of inappropriate disposal of trash also arose in Tampines when a resident living on the third storey of a block in Tampines North complained that his rubbish chute was overflowing.

Upon investigation by the Tampines Town Council, it was discovered that someone had thrown laundry poles down the chute which caused it to become clogged.

Mr Kumar said he has called and sent an e-mail to the Tampines Town Council.

"I am not reaching out to find trouble, I just want to find out if they are looking into a long-term solution," he said.

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