A 62-year-old Singaporean man was fined $10,000 on Wednesday (29 August) for illegally dumping waste at a bin centre in Bedok, said the National Environment Agency (NEA).
The offender, who was self-employed, had collected waste from businesses operating at Tampines Industrial Park for a fee between June and October 2017.
The man subsequently bribed a cleaner who was manning the bin centre at Block 744 Bedok Reservoir Road to allow him to dump the waste at the location. He did that so as to avoid paying for waste disposal at an authorised site, said the NEA.
“General waste collected from industrial estates must be disposed of at the incineration plants, licensed recycling facilities, or, if the waste is non-incinerable, the landfill,” added the authority.
For the offence, the man could have been fined up to $50,000 and jailed up to 12 months, or both.
Repeat offenders can face a fine of up to $100,000 and a jail term of between one and 12 months.
“The dumping of such waste at bin centres serving residential estates is illegal. NEA will not hesitate to take strict enforcement action against those who illegally dump waste,” said the NEA.
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