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S$300 fine for leaving rubber band behind; littering, a serious offence in Singapore

Forgetting to pick up after yourself be it a canned drink or any small object can set you back a hefty sum if one isn't careful

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In Singapore, committing a littering offence does not just mean intentionally dropping trash on the road; even if you accidentally leave something behind, you can be charged and fined S$300.

This is what happened to two Singaporeans who left a rubber band and a drinking can on separate occasions. Both were issued a S$300 fine each for littering and their fine tickets were circulated on-line.

One ticket showed a fine being issued for throwing a rubber band in a public area in Jurong East on May 23, 2019. The other was issued on the afternoon of May 16, after the offender was spotted leaving a canned drink behind.

Fines and penalties under EPHA

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Under the Environment Public Health Act, a first-time offender will be fined S$300 as a warning.

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