To keep Singapore the cleanest city in Asia comes at price: In the city-state, the least damage to cleanliness or hygiene in the public space is punishable by a minimum fine of 300 Singapore dollars (190 euros or 215 USD)
The city-state spends 120 million Singaporean dollars each year to keep public spaces clean and sanitary – even though many of its agents (often foreigners) remain underpaid.
Hence the multiplication of several years of initiatives such as the “cleaning day” which mobilizes hundreds of volunteers in Nee Soon, in the north of Singapore. “In the very first edition, in 2013, the volunteers had collected 1,430 kilos of rubbish. This year, they have collected only 292 kilos.