Close-circuit television (CCTVs) cameras were installed in Commonwealth Close earlier this year in a bid to nab high-rise litterbugs. These cameras were placed at the rooftop of a block opposite the one under surveillance. According to the statistical report released by the Straits Times today, there were 4,449 complaints of high rise littering, up from 3,475 from 2009. Over the same period, 9 people were prosecuted and were served with Corrective Work Order (CWO) or fined. While nabbing high rise litterbugs is labour intensive where environmental officers have to stake out affected places for long hours, the effectiveness of the present regulations in tackling the problem of high-rise litterbugs underreflected the seriousness of the problem. This can be seen in Queenstown, where the problem of high-rise litterbugs is on a rise.
Once again, MyQueenstown Team stationed at various spots believed to be plagued with high-rise litter bugs on a rainy afternoon earlier today. During the two hours at Blk 49 Stirling Road, there was not a "high-rise" toto. Perhaps litterbugs strike under cover of night. However, a resident who would like to be named as Joe, in Stirling Road sent us a video a few months ago, describing the extent of high-rise litter in the area, which prompted our repeated investigation.