Public Hygiene Council

Keep Singapore Clean Movement


Operation WE Clean Up! 2016

 'Operation WE Clean Up!' 2016 Map is now available!
Please view it under Where are the 'Operations' Held tab below.

Click here for updates.

What is 'Operation WE Clean Up!' about?

What is ‘Operation WE Clean Up!’ about?

The Keep Singapore Clean Movement is coordinating ‘Operation WE Clean Up!’, a one-day exercise to involve everyone in Singapore to demonstrate their support for a truly clean Singapore. On Sunday, 8 May this year, people in Singapore are invited to organise or take part in clean-up activities across island wide in a concerted national effort.


Why are we initiating ‘Operation WE Clean Up!’?

Through this one-day exercise, we aim to rally more individuals, schools, institutions and the communities to influence others to Keep Singapore Clean, reinforce the social norm on zero tolerance against littering and to garner support from the community for Keep Singapore Clean Movement.


What are the differences between the past ‘Operation WE Clean Ups!’?

In 2014, ‘Operation WE Clean Up!’ was localised in Bedok Constituency and the majority of the participants were KSCM partners and Bedok residents. More than 360 participants took part in the clean-up activity, and since then we have received feedback to organise this on a larger scale to create greater awareness and the importance of taking ownership of our environment.

In 2015, we intend to scale up the initiative to an island-wide scale by inviting everyone in Singapore to be involved in clean-up activities at various locations across the island. These locations are community areas which people live, work or play in; such as residential estates, schools, parks, offices and etc…

In 2016, this will be the second year we are organising 'Operation WE Clean Up!' on an island-wide scale. In addition to clean-up activities, we are inviting organisers to incorporate other complementary activities such as recycling and leading by example to practise tray return at nearby food outlets after their activity.

How can WE support?

Lead an ‘Operation’!

Individuals, schools and organisations are invited to organise clean-up activities island-wide at their respective shared community spaces such as residential estates, schools, parks, offices, etc…

Instructions for Organising

  1. Commit a location on 8 May 2016
  2. Rally community to collaborate and participate in your activity
  3. Organise a clean-up activity e.g. litter picking, beach-clean up, clean up office spaces, etc.
  4. Share your results after the activity



Join an ‘Operation’!

The registered ‘Operation’ locations can be found on the next section - Where are the 'Operations' Held below.


Instructions for participating

  1. Encourage others to join with you
  2. Choose your  preferred  Operation
  3. Contact the respective organiser to sign up
  4. Share your story after the activity

(.e.g Tag your photos and stories with #keepsgclean, Share photos on Social Media)

Can’t find an activity to join?

Come back at a later date to see more activities. If you are unable to find any suitable activity to join, we encourage you to organise an activity by registering with us!

you can also play your part to spread the word and share your experiences by tagging them with #keepsgclean


What do Organisers need to do?

Briefing session for Organisers

Organisers who are leading 'operations' at respective shared community spaces are invited for a briefing session with details as follows: 

Date:   Saturday, 9 April 2016
Time:   9 am - 12 pm
Venue: Level 4, Theatrette, Environment Building (West Wing)
             40 Scotts Road, S228231


Where are the 'Operations' held?

In the map below, you can find the registered activities and their details (Updated as at 28 April 2016)
Joining an activity on Sunday, 8 May 2016

If you or your group is interested to join any of these activities (Open to all only), you may wish to approach or contact the organiser directly for more information.

Residential area
Pin: Non-Residential area

Orange: Organisation-led activity
Blue:  School-led activity
Green: Community/volunteer-led activity
Yellow: Town Council-led activity

 If you have difficulties viewing the map on our website, click here to view the map directly.

What are the available resources?

1.     Guidelines for Litter Picking

As an Organiser, you can get started by downloading a copy of the guidelines. Organisers, leaders and participants should adhere to these guidelines and safety measures.
Download here:
Guidelines for Litter Picking


2.     Tools and Materials (For registered organisers only)

We strongly encourage participants to re-use household items to carry out clean-up activities. If your group requires more logistical support, litter picking toolkits will be provided on a first-come-first-serve basis request. You can submit a request for tools and materials in the registration form above.

Items included inside a litter picking toolkit

  • Litter picking tongs
  • Gloves
  • Trash bags
  • Wet wipes
  • Pocket guidelines for litter picking


3.    Templates for publicity

As a ground-up initiative, organisers are strongly encouraged to design and produce their own publicity materials to rally participants. 
To help new supporters to kick start their activities, they may wish to download the following customizable banner templates for producing publicity materials (with PHC logo, photoshop working file) if you need. Organisers can also use our ready-made EDM to invite participants to take part in their activities.

Download here:
Banner Template for OWCU (Available for download and use)
EDM/E-poster Template for OWCU (Available for download and use)

 4.     Briefing notes for Organisers (important)
To organise a mass coordinated clean-up efficiently, meaningfully and safely, we need all organisers to spend sufficent time to think, plan and implement their activities carefully. Organisers should download and read the briefing notes to prepare themselves before 8 May 2016. It includes some background, guidelines for organisers, briefing for participants and reporting format after the activity.

Download here:
Briefing for Organisers (Updated as at 12 April 2016)

5.     Taiwan Study Trip Documentary

A short documentary called ‘I Care to Clean’ was also produced by the PHC to share the best practices observed in Taiwan. It also aims to issue a call of action to keep Singapore clean and rally the community to turn more shared community spaces into ‘Bright Spots’, where stakeholders take ownership of its cleanliness and lead by example to promote good social norms. The documentary can be found on YouTube at  

Download full version here:
'I Care to Clean'

Share our results!


For ‘Operation WE Clean Up!’ to be successful, we require the strong support from organisers to provide us with the required information right after the activity.


We hope to share your stories on our online platforms or with #keepsgclean to inspire others to keep Singapore clean. You could make a change!


Your feedback and suggestions on this exercise is valuable to us. Let us know how we can improve for next year.

Frequently Asked Questions!

1. Why is the Keep Singapore Clean (KSC) Movement coordinating a national clean-up exercise – ‘Operation WE Clean Up!’?

The Keep Singapore Clean Movement initiates ‘Operation WE Clean Up!’ to influence more individuals, schools, institutions and the communities to Keep Singapore Clean. ‘Operation WE Clean Up!’ aims to motivate everyone to take action and kick start their lifetime commitment in keeping Singapore clean together as one nation. The litter picking activities create greater awareness of the littering situation in their estate, and recognise that keeping Singapore clean requires collective responsibility and advocate others not to litter. This would reinforce the social norm on zero tolerance against littering and help garner support from the community for Keep Singapore Clean Movement to take greater ownership of our environment. This national clean-up exercise also serves as an opportunity for us to show our appreciation to the cleaners who keep our neighbourhoods clean.

2. Why did we start to coordinate a national clean-up exercise last year?

In view of the celebratory note of SG50, this is a good opportunity to remind everyone in Singapore to show their love for Singapore by cleaning after themselves to instil greater pride and ownership for the environment, and continue the legacy laid down by our founding Prime Minister, Mr Lee Kuan Yew, and leaders of the pioneer generation.

3. What are the differences between the past ‘Operation WE Clean Up!’?

In 2014, we saw more than 360 participants from KSC Movement Partners and residents coming forward to take ownership of the environment and keep the area clean in Bedok Constituency. Riding on the momentum from last year’s OWCU, KSC Movement intend to scale up the initiative to a national level by inviting everyone in Singapore to be involved in clean-up activities at various locations across the island last year. These locations are community areas which people live, work or play in; such as residential estates, schools, parks, offices and etc..

4. Who will be involved?

Various Town Councils are planning to mobilize communities in each precinct to clean up the neighbourhood and also to use this opportunity to appreciate our cleaners. The Public Hygiene Council has also invited our supporters of the KSC Movement, ‘Bright Spots’ partners (i.e. Schools, Communities and Organisations) to identify a location and lead clean-up activities on 8 May 2016. Public are welcomed to join in this national exercise by participating in these activities.

5. Where will it be conducted?

Partners of the KSCM will be organising clean-up activities island-wide at respective shared community places such as residential estates, schools, parks, offices and etc. Registered locations will be reflected on the OWCU map.

6. When will the ‘Operation WE Clean Up!’ activities be conducted?

All activities in support of ‘Operation WE Clean Up!’ will be held on 8 May 2016. Exact timings of each registered activity can be found on the OWCU map.

7. What if we are unable to commit on 8 May 2016?

Keeping Singapore Clean is a life time commitment and not just a one-day effort. We welcome groups and individuals to take on the ‘Bright Spots’ Challenge by adopting shared community spaces to encourage and educate good practices amongst the community. Through such sustained efforts, communities will take greater ownership to improve the cleanliness and hygiene conditions of these ‘Bright Spots’.

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