SINGAPORE — If you’ve got clients heading to Singapore, you may want to warn them of the country’s strict litter laws.
How strict? An unidentified man was just fined S$300 (approximately Can$295) for shooting two rubber bands that landed on a public road.
The National Environment Agency (NEA), which issued the ticket on May 23, accused the man of throwing rubber bands in a public place, an offence under Section 17(1)(A) of the Environmental Public Health Act.
“NEA enforcement officers observed a man walking towards his vehicle and shooting two rubber bands, on after the other, into the air,” the agency said as reported by Channel News Asia. “The rubber bands landed on the public road. Our officers thus informed him of the littering offence and issued him an enforcement ticket.”
The NEA also added that the man “was cooperative throughout officers’ engagement with him.”
This incident comes on the heels of another similar situation in which two men were fined S$300 each for leaving behind beverage cans at Singapore’s Woodlands MRT station.
According to the NEA, “public littering has environmental consequences” and that “keeping our environment clean by not littering is a gracious and socially responsible thing to do.”