Moving company boss fined for illegally dumping furniture and household trash

SINGAPORE: A moving company manager was fined a total of S$10,500 for illegally dumping furniture and other household waste in September 2020.

Sooraj Selvaraj has pleaded guilty to throwing the items at Defu Lane 1 in Hougang while on the job, the National Environment Agency (NEA) announced on Monday (June 6). The case was heard in court on Thursday.

Investigations revealed that Sooraj had been instructed to transport a customer’s unwanted furniture and household items to a recycling facility. The items included a dismantled wooden cabinet and cardboard boxes containing hardcover binders and papers.

“However, the recycling facility was closed when he arrived,” NEA said.

“For convenience, Mr Sooraj instructed his employees to unload the waste truck in a secluded lane along Defu Lane 1, while watching passers-by and vehicles.”

Sooraj, a first-time offender, was convicted on one count and fined.

First-time offenders could face, if convicted, a fine of up to S$50,000 or imprisonment for up to one year.

Repeat offenders could be fined up to S$100,000 and jailed for at least one month and up to one year.

The NEA said illegal waste disposal “poses environmental and public health risks, and is a blight on public spaces”.

He added that he will not hesitate to take strict enforcement action against those who illegally dispose of waste.

Members of the public can report suspected cases of illegal disposal to NEA via their online feedback form or the myENV mobile app.

They can also contact NEA on 6225 5632.