Launched in September 2020, the Community Auditor Programme aims to enhance the cleanliness of private residential estates through community engagement and participation. The programme recruits residents of private estates to serve as Community Auditors to conduct audits on the performance of the Integrated Public Cleaning Service Providers.
Community Auditors will receive training on topics such as cleaning for public health, operations of public cleaning services, economics of providing such services in a cost-effective manner and principles of auditing the cleaning performance of service providers. Community Auditors can submit their findings and observations online for NEA to conduct follow-ups with the service providers.
To participate in the Community Auditor programme, please register your interest through this form.
The Community Volunteer (CV) Programme was launched in 2013 to encourage greater community ownership, and to leverage social pressure for greater deterrence against litterbugs. The programme was previously only open to members of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and public officers.
As members of the public and CVs have expressed interest in playing a more active role in keeping our environment clean, NEA now allows individuals to join the CV programme without having to be affiliated with any recognised environmental group. These CVs will be empowered to engage offenders for a wider range of offences which include:
- Littering in public areas;
- Pet defecation in public places;
- Smoking in prohibited places;
- Spitting in public places;
- Urinating in public places; and
- Leaving the engine of a stationary vehicle running
Should CVs observe any smoky vehicle on the road, they could take down details of the vehicle, date, time of offence and submit to NEA for follow-up action. CVs can choose to focus on educating offenders on taking ownership of the environment, supporting research in specialised areas of work, or participating in public outreach and educational activities.
All CVs are required to adopt a ‘Bright Spot’ or any preferred area and keep it clean. Monthly activities will be carried out at the adopted areas by CVs.
To help CVs perform this role effectively, NEA will provide comprehensive training and assessment before they are issued with an authority card (i.e. to facilitate requests for particulars) against any non-compliant environmental offender. Offenders’ particulars will be submitted to NEA for follow-up action.
Criteria for community volunteers:
- Aged 18 to 80 years old*
- Singapore citizen or Permanent Resident
- Physically and mentally fit
- No prior criminal records
- No previous offences under NEA’s jurisdiction
- Mature, responsible, and committed
- Passionate about keeping the environment clean and green
*Applicant must be 76 years old and below at time of registration.
If you wish to sign up for the programme, please register for an account on the Volunteer Management System (VMS) via Volunteer.gov.sg and register for the programme via VMS. Separately, you are required to complete a personality test and email us a screenshot of your results. For any enquiries, please email Community_Volunteers@nea.gov.sg.
To validate a CV’s identity, you may verify through the NEA website https://www.nea.gov.sg/validate-officer using the CV’s name and authority card number.
SG Clean Ambassadors Network
Launched in March 2020, the SG Clean Ambassadors Network comprises of volunteers who have a shared vision and passion to make SG Clean, the national movement to instil a “keep clean culture” as a way of life in Singapore.
SG Clean Ambassadors have been deployed at many locations across the island, such as transport hubs (MRT stations and bus interchanges), hawker centres, residential estates, and also at major public events such as the National Day Parade and River Hongbao. During these deployments, they help to promote good public health and hygiene habits (including safe distancing practices during COVID) in the community, to support the SG Clean movement.
The Ambassadors’ support has been the backbone of public outreach in various national public health campaigns such as Dengue Prevention and Clean Public Toilets. Building on their success in engaging the public, their role has also been expanded to support national environmental sustainability campaigns such as Say YES to Waste Less and Recycle Right, as well.
Interested members of the public or partner organisations can sign up at http://go.gov.sg/sgcleanambassadors or email NEA_Volunteer@nea.gov.sg for further enquiries.