Commuters can now look forward to a cleaner and more comfortable bus traveling experience, with the launch of the "Litter-Free Bus Services" programme.
Together with SBS Transit Ltd and SMRT Buses Ltd, the National Environment Agency (NEA) will be rolling out this programme, which is an extension of "Singapore, Litter-Free", to 21 bus interchanges and more than 3,650 buses island wide.
Identified as the most littered public place in NEA's six-month Litter Behavior Study, bus interchanges and their services will now benefit from this programme aimed at involving key stakeholders in keeping bus service premises litter-free.
The programme not only extends to educating passengers on proper disposal of common refuse such as cigarette butts and tissue paper, but goes a step further in calling upon shop tenants within the bus interchanges to encourage customers not to litter food products and packaging wrappers.
Mr Lee Yuen Hee, Chief Executive Officer of NEA said: "The launch of the "Litter-Free Bus Services" Programme marks an important step in continuing to engage the various stakeholders in the society to play their roles in taking ownership of the environment by keeping it clean. Through this, ultimately, we hope that we can move away from being a 'litter-free' country - one, where the country is litter-free due to the efforts of the government, and move towards a 'litter-free' society where the country is 'litter-free' due to the conscientious efforts and social responsibility of every individual in the society."
Bus interchange operators will also conduct regular checks, attend to passenger feedback on cleanliness issues, and remind passengers not to litter. Cleaning contractors are also reminded to provide sufficient cleaners and disposal facilities within interchanges, and to clear litter regularly to prevent overflowing bins.
In tandem with this, bus captains are leading by example in emptying used ticket bins and sweeping buses at the end of shift duty. They will also encourage commuters to keep buses clean.
To create even greater awareness, SBS Transit Ltd and SMRT Buses Ltd will also display “Litter-Free Bus Services” posters, interior bus panels and banners aboard buses and bus interchanges to remind passengers to "Just Bin It".
In addition, SMRT buses' LED displays will exhibit anti-littering messages to remind bus commuters to keep buses litter-free while SBS will roll out other litter-free activities to support the programme.
Mr Gan Juay Kiat, SBS Transit's Chief Operating Officer, said: "This campaign underscores our commitment to provide commuters with a pleasant and clean journey. While we continue to make our very best efforts to keep our buses and bus interchanges clean, we would also like to appeal to our commuters to do their part by refraining from eating, drinking or littering on our buses. This will certainly help to reduce litter and keep our buses cleaner. Together, we can make public transport travel in Singapore cleaner and more comfortable."
Mr Lee Seng Kee, Vice President of SMRT Buses, said, "At SMRT Buses, we take pride in providing a clean environment and comfortable journey for our passengers. Besides our commitment to a regular cleaning, stringent maintenance and inspection programme, we address cleanliness issues from various fronts, including visual reminders and public education programmes. While we work with the relevant agencies to take leadership in tackling undesirable behaviour such as eating, drinking or littering on our buses, we believe in inculcating personal ownership of environmental cleanliness as it is a shared responsibility and a communal effort. The NEA's anti-littering campaign is a timely initiative to encourage public transport users to partner us in promoting a clean, hygenic and litter-free travel experience for all."
The "Litter-Free Bus Services" programme will be launched by Minister of State for Finance and Transport, Mrs Lim Hwee Hua, on Friday, 27 July 2007 at Ang Mo Kio Bus Interchange.
The National Environment Agency (NEA) is a statutory board under the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources. It champions a clean and green environment, and partners the People, Public, and Private sectors in caring for the environment as a way of life. NEA seeks to protect Singapore's air, land and water resources today to ensure sustainable development and quality living for present and future generations.
About SBS Transit Ltd
SBS Transit is Singapore's largest public bus operator and is listed on the Singapore Exchange. In the bus business, SBS Transit operates 234 services with a total fleet of 2,850 buses. The buses serve 16 interchanges and more than 3,000 bus stops. It also introduced wheel-chair accessible buses in 2006 to cater for the travelling needs of the disabled. Every day, some 2.2 million passengers travel on its fleet of buses.
SBS Transit also runs the MRT North East Line which is the world's first driverless heavy metro system with 15 stations in operation as well as the Light Rail Transit system in Sengkang and Punggol new towns.
SBS Transit is well known for its innovative services. It recently launched iris NextBus on SMS service which lets commuters know when their next and subsequent buses will arrive at their bus stops in real time.
About SMRT Corporation Ltd
SMRT Corporation Ltd is Singapore's premier multi-modal transport service provider offering integrated island-wide transport services. It delivers safe, reliable and friendly travel for commuters through its comprehensive network of 51 MRT stations, the Bukit Panjang Light Rail System, as well as a fleet of over 3,000 taxis and 800 buses. In addition, SMRT leverages its experience and unique strengths to offer maintenance consultancy and project management services for railway systems, as well as commercial and advertising space within its transport infrastructure.