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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Rubbish and Toilet Law in Singapore

Singapore Statutes Online - 3 - Environmental Public Health (Public Cleansing) Regulations

"The occupier of any domestic premises shall provide one or more refuse bins, as may be necessary, to contain the refuse therefrom...

Every refuse bin referred to in paragraph (1) or (1A) shall be —

(f) placed not later than 7 a.m. each day or at such other time or times as may be specified by the Director-General or an authorised officer —
(i) on the edge of the footway;
(ii) outside the gate of the house;
(iii) at a refuse bin centre or refuse bin compartment;
(iv) in some suitable and accessible position; or
(v) in such other place as may be directed by the Director-General or a public health officer...

5.—(1) If, in any proceedings for any contravention of regulation 3(3) or 4(3)(a), it is shown that any dust, dirt, ashes, offal, rubbish, trade refuse or other matter or thing was not deposited in a refuse bin or receptacle but in or on any street, drain or place, such street, drain or place being immediately in front of, behind or by the side of any building or land, it shall be presumed, unless the contrary is proved, that the same was deposited there by, or with the permission of, the occupier of the building or land.

(2) For the purposes of regulations 3 and 4, where any building or premises have been sublet, the chief tenant or the person receiving rent from the sub-tenants shall be deemed to be the occupier of the building or premises...

8.—(1) No person shall sweep or cause or permit to be swept any dust, dirt, ashes, refuse, rubbish or other matter or thing onto or into any footway, back-lane, drain or road...

9. No person who acts as a barber shall conduct or carry on his business on or in —
(a) the common passageway, corridor, landing, stairway or courtyard of any premises; or
(b) any footway, back-lane or road...

12.—(1) No person shall deposit or cause or permit to be deposited in any refuse bin any dead animal, dung or stable refuse...

15.—(1) No person shall urinate or defecate in or upon any street, arcade, vacant land, river, canal, ditch, drain or watercourse or in any place to which the public has access except in any sanitary convenience provided for such purpose...

16A. Every owner or occupier of a building shall ensure that the toilets therein to which the public has access are at all times provided with adequate toilet paper, soap or liquid detergent, litter bins, and clean towels or hand dryers...

23.—(1) The owner of every omnibus shall provide in a convenient place therein one or more receptacles for depositing litter.
(2) For the purposes of paragraph (1), “omnibus” means any vehicle, having a seating capacity for more than 6 persons, which is used for the carriage of persons for hire or reward...

26.—(1) No person shall —
(b) park any vehicle, other than a public cleansing vehicle, within 10 metres of any street refuse bin point, refuse bin centre or refuse bin compartment."


Takeaways:

- You can hide your external dustbin before 7am (at least)
- If you dump on someone's premises and no one sees you, the owner is guilty.
- You can't sweep your dust into the drain or onto the road
- Alley-way barbers are illegal
- What do you do if your dog dies? And you don't have a garden to bury him in (I'm sure burying him on public land violates some other law)
- It's lucky that the SAF trains on restricted land, or soldiers would not be able to urinate and/or defecate on it
- If you go to a public toilet and there's no toilet paper and/or soap, you can call the police
- You can't park near refuse collection points
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