Singapore’s problem with flying garbage

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Flying sofaIn yet another case of garbage thoughtlessly thrown out of apartment windows of Singapore’s suburban high-rises, a heavy two-seater sofa falling from the fourth floor of a building narrowly missed a woman who passed by on a pavement below.

After calling police, officers arrested two men who claimed they had accidentally dropped the sofa while moving it up into an apartment.

So called “killer garbage” has become a serious problem in Singapore’s suburban communities, as throwing any kind of small and large garbage out of the window has become a habit among residents of state-subsidised flats, which make up 80 per cent of Singapore’s housing.

The issue is decades-old. A pregnant woman died in 1984 after being struck by a bicycle thrown from a flat. Another incident caused the death of a young woman who was hit by a flower pot.

In the following years, laws were introduced that people who throw rubbish from their apartments would lose their homes, and those who injure people would be jailed for up to five years.

However, nothing much has changed. Residents of public housing districts still routinely cover their heads with bags or newspapers when passing by high-rise buildings because many people throw kitchen waste and other small rubbish just out of the window.

In December 2013, a man was arrested for throwing items from the seventh floor of his apartment block, including buckets, an air cooler, a glass tank and a microwave oven. Separately, two young children allegedly threw a speaker and a vehicle battery from their flat. Also in December 2013, a passer-by was injured after a 15-year-old boy allegedly threw a brick out of the building where he lived.

 

 

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In yet another case of garbage thoughtlessly thrown out of apartment windows of Singapore’s suburban high-rises, a heavy two-seater sofa falling from the fourth floor of a building narrowly missed a woman who passed by on a pavement below.

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Flying sofaIn yet another case of garbage thoughtlessly thrown out of apartment windows of Singapore’s suburban high-rises, a heavy two-seater sofa falling from the fourth floor of a building narrowly missed a woman who passed by on a pavement below.

After calling police, officers arrested two men who claimed they had accidentally dropped the sofa while moving it up into an apartment.

So called “killer garbage” has become a serious problem in Singapore’s suburban communities, as throwing any kind of small and large garbage out of the window has become a habit among residents of state-subsidised flats, which make up 80 per cent of Singapore’s housing.

The issue is decades-old. A pregnant woman died in 1984 after being struck by a bicycle thrown from a flat. Another incident caused the death of a young woman who was hit by a flower pot.

In the following years, laws were introduced that people who throw rubbish from their apartments would lose their homes, and those who injure people would be jailed for up to five years.

However, nothing much has changed. Residents of public housing districts still routinely cover their heads with bags or newspapers when passing by high-rise buildings because many people throw kitchen waste and other small rubbish just out of the window.

In December 2013, a man was arrested for throwing items from the seventh floor of his apartment block, including buckets, an air cooler, a glass tank and a microwave oven. Separately, two young children allegedly threw a speaker and a vehicle battery from their flat. Also in December 2013, a passer-by was injured after a 15-year-old boy allegedly threw a brick out of the building where he lived.

 

 

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