10,000 people pick up 7 tonnes of rubbish
Some 10,000 people joined Singapore's first national litter-picking exercise yesterday. And they picked up 7,000 kg of trash, the organisers said.
The volunteers converged at about 130 locations, armed with gloves, trash bags and tongs, and then fanned out to pick up cigarette butts, plastic bags, tissue paper and other discarded items.
They were part of Operation We Clean Up!, a one-day event organised by the Public Hygiene Council, Singapore Kindness Movement and the Keep Singapore Beautiful Movement.
In Bukit Panjang, the people who showed up in the morning included father-and-daughter team Kevin and Kezel Ong. Kezel, seven, told The Straits Times: "Our playground and void deck can get quite dirty and it makes our neighbourhood look ugly."
General area cleaning was stopped in nearly 70 precincts on Saturday and the cleaners were given a rest day.
Almost 5,000 cleaners across the 15 PAP town councils were also treated to an appreciation lunch yesterday and given a $20 NTUC FairPrice voucher each.