A pilot group of residents aims to improve the cleanliness of cafes in Jurong

SINGAPORE — A new group of residents is aiming to improve the cleanliness of a few cafe toilets in Jurong, even as four tourist attractions have joined several neighborhoods in a no-sweep move to highlight the amount of litter that is actually piling up without the intervention of the cleaners.

Starting next month, three to four residents and local leaders from the Neighborhood Restroom Community Group will be assigned to each of the three cafes, located at Block 318 Jurong East Avenue 1, Block 494 Jurong West Street 41 and Block 429 Jurong West Avenue 1. .

They will encourage staff and patrons to follow good restroom etiquette and let property owners know if restrooms require more frequent cleaning.

The pilot project, which is expected to last until July, is led by the Public Health Council, in partnership with the Yuhua Citizens’ Advisory Committee, Jurong-Clementi City Council and grassroots organizations.

If amenities and items such as toilet flushing system, clothes dryers, soap dispensers or paper rolls are not working or need to be replenished, volunteers will also notify cafe owners.

The community group will also decorate the washrooms with plants and floral ornaments to make them presentable.

The Neighborhood Toilets Community Group pilot project is one of new hygiene-related initiatives announced by the Public Hygiene Council on Sunday, April 24, when it launched this year’s edition of its month-long Keep campaign. Clean, Singapore.

The launch took place at the NTUC Center on One Marina Boulevard.

He also presented the new mascots of the Public Health Council which will promote the council’s three areas of intervention: return of trays, good sorting of waste and good toilet etiquette.

Sunday was also the second day of the year that there was no sweeping in some public areas of housing estates in 17 cities, dormitories, parks and gardens from 6 a.m. to midnight.

This ongoing quarterly initiative is called SG Clean Day, which aims to raise awareness of the amount of trash piled up without the intervention of cleaners.

For the first time, four tourist attractions have joined the efforts of SG Clean Day.

All open areas of Gardens by the Bay and Resorts World Sentosa, as well as the Singapore Zoo retail store and Siloso Beach in Sentosa, stopped sweeping on Sunday and will continue the practice on future SG Clean Days.

Minister for Sustainable Development and Environment Grace Fu, who attended the launch on Sunday, said that as of April 11, more than 34,000 premises in Singapore had received the SG Clean Seal of Approval, a certification of cleanliness standards. hygiene given to organizations and businesses.

The certification is part of the SG Clean campaign which began in February 2020 to minimize the spread of Covid-19 and raise hygiene standards in public places.

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