To be a clean city, not a cleaned city: Grace Fu [News]
By Wong Wei Han, TODAY, 20 May 2013.
Seventeen food court and fast food operators, with over 500 outlets between them, have partnered the National Environment Agency (NEA) for the first time in a large-scale effort to encourage Singaporeans to return their trays in eateries here.
Within the next two years, the scheme will be introduced at many popular food and beverage businesses here, such as food court operators Kopitiam, NTUC Foodfare and Koufu, as well as fast food operators McDonald’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) and Subway. A ‘Tray Return Partner’ decal will be placed at their storefront, which serves as a way for the public to identify tray return ready outlets.
Second Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Grace Fu, who officiated at yesterday’s launch, said the tray return practice has to be established as a social norm because the simple act of leaving the table clean for the next customer helps make Singapore a more pleasant society.
“Returning our trays after eating… also supports public cleanliness,” Ms Fu added. “We want to encourage Singaporeans to have clean habits, for ourselves and our families, and not to be entirely reliant on cleaners. We want to be a clean city, not a cleaned city.”
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