Public Hygiene Council

Keeping Singapore Clean


Protecting our environment

Jul 21, 2022

Protecting our environment is the key to sustaining a liveable environment, a quality lifestyle and a thriving economy. If we fail to protect our environment, we are not just putting our ecosystem at risk, but also that of our quality of life and our economy.


We are deeply connected with our environment. Anything that is detriment to our environment has a direct negative impact on us.


To help protect our environment, and it all starts with awareness. When we become aware of the impact our actions have on our environment, we can understand the need to make certain adjustments in the way we go about our daily lives.


There are plenty of things that we can do to help protect our environment. One simple act that we can all do is to always bin our trash and keep our environment clean.


Litter is not only an eyesore, but it also affects our quality of life and our health. A badly littered environment creates an unhygienic space that expediates the spread of diseases.


It is common knowledge that litter breeds pests such as rats, cockroaches, mosquitoes, pigeons and houseflies. The infestation of these potential health hazards could be a ticking bomb to our public health system.


A lot of times, litter gets blown or are swept into our waterways and end up in our reservoir. Toxins and hazardous chemicals could be released from the litter and contaminate our source of drinking water.


The first step towards reducing litter is to understand the seriousness of the problem. We can all do our part by educating and influencing the people around us to ensure that everyone is aware of the problem.


Understanding the problem will also alter our perspective on littering and shape our mindset to be responsible for our own trash and not defer it to the cleaners.


When each and everyone of us takes responsibility over our own trash, we are definitely on the right track towards protecting our environment.