Littering in Singapore
According to a sociological study, 62.6% of the public will always bin their rubbish whereas 36.2% may litter depending on the situation, and will only throw their rubbish into a bin when it is convenient to do so. The remaining 1.2% of the population admits that they will litter even when there is a bin nearby. In summary, about 40% of the public are unlikely to bin their rubbish. The top three reasons for littering, according to the 4,462 respondents surveyed, are the insufficient availability of bins, laziness and due to habit. I have gathered that the main source of litter is smokers. However, youth and family play a part as well. Almost half of the smokers surveyed admit to littering and almost nine-tenth of litterbugs is caught for throwing cigarette butts on the ground. Also, 69 % of the 1500 youth interviewed in a sociological study admitted to littering. In fact, 23% of them said nothing will stop them from littering. Some even claimed that they are giving cleaners a job. Lastly, the study found that a person is 2.4 times more likely to litter if they had close family members who were litterbugs themselves. From my source, I can infer that the Singaporeans are not educated enough about the environment. Many of them claim that they are lazy, or its a habit. I think this is due to the lack of knowledge of what harms it would bring to the environment. The public thinks that littering is just a minor issue that would not affect anything. In my opinion, I think the best way to solve this problem is educating the public by using posters, holding campaigns and advertisements. Through this, the public can see the long term consequences of littering and would think twice before they litter again. Another way to solve this issue is by enforcing the laws regarding in a stricter manner. This can be done by making the punishments of littering harsher. For example, the fines can be increased.
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