In Singapore, on Wednesday, the first day of tray return enforcement kicked in with most patrons at some hawker centres here diligently clearing their own trays. However, cleaners stated that some patrons still left used crockery and litter on tables.
Madam Ong Hong Luan, 76, the centre’s toilet attendant of Redhill, stated, “Some errant patrons come in very early at 4am to 5am to eat before working, before any of the cleaners come in. They left their trays because they thought no one would see and catch them.”
As of Wednesday, enforcement action will be taken against those who do not clean up after themselves at hawker centres. This come after a three-month advisory period. First-time offenders will be given a written warning, while second-time offender will face a $300 composition fine. Subsequent offenders may face court fines, which can go up to $2,000 for the first conviction. Enforcement of the rule requiring diners at coffee shops and food courts to clear used crockery and table litter has been pushed back to January next year (2022).