Launched in 2018, the Green Spaces @ South West aims to foster an inclusive, caring and active community by transforming the community gardens into pockets of green spaces.
To date, the programme has rallied more than 3,000 volunteers and 23,000 participants to seed 161 community gardens with more than 1,000,000 native plants across the South West District. The CDC aggregates the resource of Corporate partner Ricoh as it sponsored vegetable seeds packs for the community gardeners to continue their greening even at home when outdoor activities were limited due to Covid-19. These gardeners were also encouraged to connect with one another, by sharing their expertise and experience with the community, their families and their friends through social networking channels.
A 60-year-old community gardener Mr Anwar Bin Ali welcomed Ricoh’s gesture and he shared “I heard that tomatoes can be challenging to grow as they tend to attract pests, so I am glad to have the step-by-step guidance from the online videos prepared by the CDC.”
District Programme 2
Clean up South West!
Clean Up South West is an annual flagship trash-for-groceries initiative by South West CDC that aims to foster good recycling habits among residents. Since its inception in 2006, the initiative has grown year after year, receiving strong support from our community partners and residents, especially in 2020:
- There were 57 recycling points, an increase of 14% compared to previous year, at participating CCs, RCs, schools and corporate organisations
- More than 51,000 kg of recyclables were collected
- 45 community partners came on board
Over the past years, the CDC together with our partners, collected a cumulative total of more than 900 tonnes of recyclables, equivalent to saving 15,300 trees, and 8 tonnes of e-waste.
Mdm Sim Bwai Shan, 70-year-old Telok Blangah resident recalled how her recycling journey began last year. “I remembered seeing those big blue bins that were placed under my block and I went to ask a neighbour what the bins were for. I did not know that items such as plastic bottles and caps could be recycled!” she said. However after attending the Clean Up roadshow, Mdm Sim felt that it was a chance to learn how to recycle right. “These boys taught me a lot!” she said, referring to undergraduate volunteers Mr Lee Yong Yong from Singapore Institute of Technology and Mr Daryl Kwok from Nanyang Technology University.
*Photos shown taken before Circuit Breaker period