The Best Constituency (Merit) Awards are given to the constituencies that have shown excellence in achieving a high level of participation and programme quality at the national level.
Chong Pang Division has shown dedication in promoting a clean and green environment by implementing the 3Rs in most of the division’s events and activities. The division focuses on reducing wastage by not providing bottled drinks, not using disposable wares and adopting E-forms instead of hardcopy forms in most of the division’s grassroots events and activities. The constituency actively engaged about 5,000 residents on public health and environmental protection topics from 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020.
Kebun Baru grassroots and volunteers are a community of dedicated environmental stewards, advocating sustainability in the programmes and activities organised. Kebun Baru Division partners with North West CDC, NEA and RCs to implement the HABIT @ North West litter picking programme to encourage residents to be socially responsible and takes ownership of their own living environment. More than 300 residents from the 6 RCs in Kebun Baru Division had participated in the monthly litter-picking exercise.
Kolam Ayer Division conducts regular recycling drives since 2014 and taps on various platforms such as publicity posters, banners, HDB lift stickers and social media platforms to reach out to residents. As a result, residents actively recycle and in 2019, Kolam Ayer division had conducted 46 recycling drives and collected an impressive amount of 110,000kg of recyclables.
The grassroots also initiate monthly upcycling workshops to increase environmental awareness among residents. The grassroots and residents from Kolam Ayer Sims Vista RC, Kolam Ayer Whampoa South RC and Jalan Besar Boon Keng Ville RCs upcycle old publicity banners to make wallets and holders, and encourage other residents to collect Tetra Pak cartons and red packets to make containers and bags. These upcycled Tetra Paks and banners are displayed at booths during recycling drives to promote upcycling. On 5 January 2020, upcycled items were sold at Upper Boon Keng market and the sales proceed was donated to the Kolam Ayer CC Community Development Welfare Fund for needy residents.
Nee Soon Central Division partners with North West CDC, Tzu Chi Foundation and NEA to organise the recycling programme for their residents. The programme, launched in 29 October 2011, aims to encourage recycling among residents in the district and create bonding among residents through a common platform at the recycling points. Under the programme, Nee Soon Central distributed the Jumbo Recycling Bag, which comprised three compartments, for cans, paper and plastics to residents to encourage recycling.
Yio Chu Kang has a Clean and Green taskforce committee which spearheads and plans for environmental programmes outreach in the division since 2016. The Grassroots Leaders, Volunteers and YIO Clean & Green Ambassadors work tirelessly, dedicating themselves to organise a series of environmental programmes and encourage fellow residents to take up greater ownership of the environment. One example is the Zero Waste taskforce where the taskforce committee worked closely with several RCs to promote zero waste messages through recycling drives. The committee has also widened its outreach by leveraging on social media platforms to reach out to more residents. Separately, the RCs also collected excess reusable bags from the residents at recycling drives and redistributed to all the patrons at nearby wet markets/ hawker centres to reduce the use of plastics bags at stalls.
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