Sanitary Pads Litterbugs at Punggol



Residents on a housing board in the estate of Punggol Sapphire have collided with high-rise litter over the last couple of months in the shape of sanitary pads – either extending over the first floor or sticking to the window boards.

Residents of the 268C block Punggol Field told CNA last year, when stained sanitary pads were found on the first floor of the housing building block, that the issue emerged around the COVID-19 “circuit breaker” era.

“I was so shocked to see this thing lies on the grass patch and drain cover when I went back from the multi-story car park,” Ms Sue said. The CNA residents talked that they didn’t want to display their complete names as their address would be identified.

“I then placed some blinds up and found some of the pads trapped in the window of others…I was really surprised,” she said. “When I had to operate at home, I saw some blinds…

Ms Fara, also worried about the pads: “The discharge’s not visible, it’s red… I’ve got children who are asking me, ‘Mom, what’s that? ”

“Why in the first instance do you chuck it out? …Come on, it’s sanitation, whether or not it’s COVID.”

Ms. Sue said she reported the event first in May last year via the OneService Civic Problems app. She even complained that the estate’s Facebook Community was stained, unrolling pads.

The weather stopped then and returned in July just a couple of weeks later. This time, she told CNA that the unused pads had been rolled up.

In addition, residents claimed the neighborhood was clear for a while, following another incident that led officials to install temporary surveillance cameras on the area.

In November and December, though, the culprit reverted to his habits. Two neighbors also added that they saw the litter only this month.

The National Environment Agency (NEA) responded in a statement from CNA that it was informed of the problem and carried out several inspections and distributed announcements to residents in a housing column.

The message states that NEA is investigating how “discreet” security cameras may be mounted in the region and adds that it is continuing to track the problem and is not hesitating to take action.

There have been also many complaints from at least two other households in the 16-story block regarding the litter, according to residents to whom CNA talked.

“But NEA will place cameras when we complain, but that bug is going to throw somewhere else,” said another pair, the Laus, who live in the block.

Although the litterbug sanitary pad hits sometimes, citizens regret the other ways of high-level littering continue almost daily.

“Instant pasta, toilet paper, instead of pads. The entire microwave oven came down, I know there was a chance. A loud bang has been in place,” Seah, a late 30s local, said.

On Thurday (14 January), during a tour of the block, CNA saw wet tissue wads reach the ground three times in an hour near the lift-hall. In that time, used masks were often lowered to the floors.

“For the auntie who is purging in the morning it’s pretty sad,” she said.

“I regret the cleaners,” Mr Seah said. Every day (one of them) would clean it with a shade, which is where I think it is very unfair for them.”

An Elderly man who resides on a lower level, Mrs. Lim, has claimed her clean washing was previously soiled by discarded tissues, so she is no longer daring to hang her clothes in her racks outside her window.

Pasir Ris-Punggol Town Council reported in response to CNA requests that citizens had already obtained input on the subject.

“We quickly deployed our cleansers to remove the litter at regular intervals after collecting input from our people, and have submitted the feedback on high-rise littering practices affecting environmental public health to the responsible organization for further inquiry and follow-up.

“We will continue to work closely with the relevant agency to monitor the situation, and step up our cleaning frequency of the estate as an interim measure,” said the municipal government.