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Follow these 3 Cs for a Sustainable CNY

As you gear up for Chinese New Year, here are 3 Cs that can make your Year of Dragon a more sustainable one!

Chuck it right

Check how and what items can be recycled in the various types of recycling bins available.

The Bloobins near your block accept paper, plastic, glass and metal items for recycling. Remember to clean your items before disposing them. To check the list of accepted materials for recycling, click here.

Bloobins do not recycle electronics (like old TVs, computers, laptops). Instead, place e-waste into dedicated e-waste bins.

For items like preloved clothes, consider donating them if they are in good condition, or recycle them in textile recycling bins. Cloop has a bin in CCK Town at Lot One. See the full list of locations here.

Conserve & reuse

Get your family involved in making CNY decorations. Turn your old or used red packets into Chinese New Year decorations like these origami cherry blossoms (pictured below).

There are plenty of YouTube videos to guide you on how to use red packets to make origami paper dragons, lanterns and many more.

Not the crafty sort? Not to worry, you can drop off your used red packets at dedicated recycling bins found at CCKTC main office, CCKTC branch office, Keat Hong Community Club, Lot One Shoppers’ Mall, and more. See the full list of locations here.

Conscious consumption

Food waste is one of the biggest waste streams in Singapore, accounting for about 11% of all waste.

Help to reduce food waste in 2024 by making sure you consume just enough.

Resist overbuying and plan to get just enough of CNY goodies like cookies, bak kwa and mandarin oranges to mark the occasion.

If you’re hosting a meal, cater for 10 to 15% less than the number of expected guests to minimise any leftovers.

With fast fashion being the world’s second most polluting industry, consider mixing and matching your current wardrobe to create new outfits that are both chic and eco-friendly.

Get ready for an eco-Year of the Dragon!

SG Clean Day on Sunday, 28 January 2024

Residents of Chua Chu Kang Town, lend us a hand in support of the quarterly SG Clean Day on Sunday, 28 January 2024. 

Every small action makes a big difference, so let’s refrain from littering and clean up after ourselves to keep SG clean!

Together, let’s create a cleaner and safer Chua Chu Kang Town for all!

Festive Period Spring Cleaning – Removal of Bulky Items

Dear Residents,

With the festive period coming up, Chua Chu Kang Town Council would like to help our residents with their spring cleaning efforts by upgrading our free bulky items removal service.

From 22 Jan to 9 Feb 2024, all bulky items that are left at the designated areas at the void deck will be collected daily by the Town Council. There will be signage at the void deck to point out the designated areas. There is no cap on the number of things you can discard during this period.

If you have any enquiries, please contact the Town Council at Tel: 6569 0388 or info@ccktc.org.sg.

Wishing all our residents a Happy Chinese New Year ahead!

* Please note that the service is strictly not applicable for house moving purposes and/or for renovation debris.

Eco New Year Resolutions: Let’s Get Net Zero

Charge ahead in 2024 with a more sustainable lifestyle by: 

  • Cycling or walking instead of driving
  • Using energy-efficient options like LED lights
  • Choosing solar-powered devices over battery-operated ones

Residents Revved Up to Go Net Zero

Brickland resident Shenbaga Kumar taking a wefie with his wife Natarajan Rajeswari.

15 lucky CCK residents got to visit Sembcorp Tengeh Floating Solar Farm (pictured below) in November 2023, under an exclusive collaboration between CCK Town Council and Sembcorp.

This farm, one of the largest of its kind in the world, is in our CCK Town.

It was an eye-opening experience for the residents to see this farm up close and learn how it harnesses energy enough to power up some 16,000 four-room flats for one year!

Residents were excited to get up close and personal to the floating solar farm, which is rarely open for public visits.

Keat Hong resident Leong Ai Kuen, felt a strong sense of pride in learning how much Singapore has invested in the green energy space and that one of the world’s largest inland floating solar farms is located in the Republic.

Installed over water, these solar panels have a higher energy yield compared to conventional systems installed on rooftops.

For Delfinn Tan, a resident of Hong Kah North, it was heartening to know the panels did not have as large an impact on the ecology of the reservoir as she thought they would.

As the farm is not open to the public, Keat Hong resident Sreeraj Choorakad said he was glad he managed to snag a seat on the tour.

“Everyone should be interested in sustainability because we need to ensure that the Earth is still around for the next generations to come,” said the engineer.

On a smaller scale, residents said everyone can play a role by adopting more sustainable habits in his or her day-to-day lives.

Delfinn does her bit by washing and recycling plastic containers for takeaway food, whereas Bukit Gombak resident Ng Chee Wee does his bit by taking the stairs instead of the lift to save electricity.

He said it kills two birds with one stone by not only helping him stay fit but also go green.

At the end of the  visit, Delfinn summed up the experience for her fellow visitors by saying: “This was a unique opportunity for residents to come here and see one of the largest floating farms in Singapore. We are all happy and pleased to see Singapore doing more and more in the renewable energy space.”

Some of the lucky residents who snagged a seat on the tour. From left: Delfinn Tan, Danielle Tan, Natarajan Rajeswari, Shenbaga Kumar, Bryan Goh, Arunkumar Krishnamoorthy and Ameer Jaffer

From left: Leong Ai Kuen, Lee Kok Hoong, Seema Sreeraj, Sreeraj Choorakad, Ng Chee Wee, Ng Hang Lay and Ng Shukie

Happy 2024, CCK Residents! A Better, Improved CCK Town Coming Your Way

Happy New Year to all CCK residents!Photo: Clement Lee

Look forward to stepping into 2024!

CCK Town is getting a fresh upgrade as part of HDB’s Remaking Our Heartland (ROH) programme.

In the pipeline are more cool spaces for residents to relax, get together and keep fit, as well as better connectivity with an integrated transport hub.

In addition, we will continue to roll out the slated enhancements for your estate as part of the CCK 2020 Masterplan.

Here are just some of the many improvements in store for you!

Brickland gets more sporty

New streetscapes and green roofs, as well as more community spaces for you to mingle at Keat Hong Shopping Centre.

Look forward to new amenities like the Brickland Sport-in-Precinct, which when completed in 2025, will give residents a basketball court, as well as playground and fitness corner.Artist’s impressions of the new fitness corner and children’s adventure playground

Chua Chu Kang gets multi-generational

Under HDB’s ROH, CCK estate is getting a multi-generational community space at Teck Whye Shopping Centre, complete with fitness facilities and play areas.

CCK Park will have a new play garden, improved community and landscaped spaces.

Residents can also look forward to a new children’s cycling trail, covered basketball court and beautiful scent garden under the upcoming NRP (for Blocks 201 to 221 & 223 to 239 CCK Central/CCK Ave 1).

Artist’s impressions of the covered basketball court & children’s cycling trail

Friendlier streets in Bukit Gombak & Hong Kah North

Enjoy your walks amid safer streets in your estate.  LTA’s Friendly Streets initiative will turn Bukit Batok Streets 31 to 33, as well as stretches along Bukit Batok West Avenue 5 and Bukit Avenue East Avenue 5 into pedestrian-friendly spaces.

More barrier-free crossings, traffic-calming measures (like road humps and speed bumps to slow down traffic) will be introduced to make safer and more inclusive streets. New signalised pedestrian crossings with longer crossing times will better cater to the needs of the young and old. In addition, new visual signs will alert motorists to look out for seniors and young kids.

Keat Hong gets greener

A giant adventure playground, a basketball court, and a jogging track are some of the new amenities planned for Tembusu Park under HDB’s ROH. Residents can also look forward to the transformation of Keat Hong Park into a green activity hub with facilities for all ages.

Under the upcoming Neighbourhood Renewal Programme, residents of Blocks 429 to 441 and 429A at Choa Chu Kang Avenue 4 will get a boost in eco living with permeable garden pathways and park benches made of recyclable materials courtesy of Ngee Ann Polytechnic students

More enhancements are in the pipeline, including repainting works and another upcoming NRP at Blocks 271 to 295 Choa Chu Kang Avenue 2/3.

Residents can look forward to new facilities, such as linkways, extended corridors and drop-off porches under the Neighbourhood Renewal Programme at Blocks 271 to 295 Choa Chu Kang Avenue 2/3

These improvements would not have been possible without our residents’ input and suggestions. So keep your ideas coming!

CCK Town Council is committed to creating a better home for you. Let’s co-create a lovely CCK Town together! Wishing you a joyous and eco-friendly 2024!

 

Winners Show Off – Greener, Better Living in CCK Town

CCK Town has it all — beautiful nature, eco-friendly practices & spaces, and fun and family-friendly spots.

Check out our CCK Town 2024 Calendar, which is coming to your mailboxes soon. Let the 12 winners of our photo contest show you the greener, better life in this north-western part of Singapore!

1st prize ($400 NTUC FairPrice vouchers & Fujifilm Instax Mini Smartphone Printer worth over $200): Julien Kho (Brickland)

Julien discovered this ‘secret’ in CCK. Her winning entry features this enchanting, otherworldly shot of Teck Whye that clinched the first prize.The 41-year-old business development manager moved into Brickland in 2016.  On her regular jogs to keep fit, she chanced upon beautiful scenes that transported her into “a secret garden”. Her winning entry captured a lush spot in the park connector near Junction 10. It was so pretty that she stopped in her tracks to snap the ethereal shot.

Her sons, Rico, 9, and Rayden, 7, are so pleased with her win that they have told their friends to look out for their mum’s photo in the 2024 calendar! Julien, with her sons Rico and Rayden, receiving her prize from Brickland MP Don Wee.

2nd prize ($300 NTUC FairPrice vouchers & Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 Holiday Travel Kit, worth $160): Fong Nam San (Keat Hong estate)

Nature thrives in urban Singapore, proves retiree Nam San, whose serene photo of an egret enjoying its breakfast in Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve.   
The 64-year-old said capturing it was a serendipitous moment. He had gone to Sungei Buloh with a group of friends to try to capture some nature shots. He spotted the egret on its hunt for food and followed it to see if the bird got lucky.

He said that the bird caught a fish after 10 to 15 minutes! And immediately after he took that single snap, it flew off. So, besides the egret, Nam San got lucky too! Nam San receiving his prize from Keat Hong MP Zhulkarnian Abdul Rahim.

3rd prize ($200 NTUC FairPrice vouchers): Bryan Goh (CCK estate)

Heartland celebrations are just as fun, as real estate agent Bryan proves with his splendid photo of fireworks over Teck Whye during the Dao Bu Keng Temple’s Nine Emperor Gods festival. The hobbyist photographer, who won the first prize last year with his sunrise shot of Little Guilin, is constantly looking for interesting ways to capture the beautiful town he lives in. He’s succeeded again this year!

4th to 12th prizes ($50 NTUC FairPrice voucher each) in random order:

Yong Kuo Hoong (Hong Kah North) wows with his sunrise over the mudflats of Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve.Goh Juan Yap (Keat Hong) surprises with his colourful parakeets, enjoying some fruits on a tree.Toh Shu Hao (Bukit Gombak) captures residents enjoying a brisk walk or jogging in the Rail Corridor while curious monkeys watch on.Su Ng (Bukit Gombak) fondly remembers this view of Hillview Community Centre.Leong Chee Kong (Bukit Gombak) captivates with his view of the moon rising and peeking through the tree in Goodview Gardens.Muhammad Hidayat bin Sudin (Hong Kah North) highlights how Singapore is a garden city with plenty of greenery among HDB flats.By capturing this ray of light amidst the flat and rooftop garden, Saif Rayyan (Brickland) reminds everyone to look at the brighter side of life.Seniors are leading the way towards healthier living at Bukit Gombak Stadium, as captured by Tan Hui Sian (Bukit Gombak).Tan Wen Jin (CCK estate) offers an unusual bird’s eye view of the rooftop garden at Teck Whye View.

2023 Hong Kah North Tree Planting Day

 

 

 

2023 Chua Chu Kang Tree Planting Day

 

 

 

2023 Keat Hong Tree Planting Day

 

 

 

2023 Brickland Tree Planting Day

 

Going Net Zero: Save with LEDs

Light Up Those LEDs

Almost all common areas (97%) in CCK Town now use LED (light-emitting diode) bulbs.  

LEDs offer the same brightness, use half the power compared to fluorescent bulbs and last twice as long.
They can be recycled too.

Switching to this energy-efficient option has halved the electricity bill for common areas, saving money and scoring green benefits.

If you haven’t already made the switch in your home, it’s not too late to start. See the savings you can reap:

Source: National Environment Agency

Psst! For residents of 1, 2 and 3-room flats, remember to use your Electronic Climate Vouchers before they expire on 31 December 2023 to make your switch to energy-efficient appliances!

SG Clean Day on Sunday, 29 October 2023

Residents of Chua Chu Kang Town, lend us a hand in support of the quarterly SG Clean Day on Sunday, 29 October 2023. 

Every small action makes a big difference, so let’s refrain from littering and clean up after ourselves to keep SG clean!

Together, let’s create a cleaner and safer Chua Chu Kang Town for all!

Going Net Zero: Harvesting the Power of the Sun

Singapore aims to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 under its Singapore Green Plan 2030. From installing solar panels on HDB rooftops and using LED lights in common areas, we will explore how CCK Town plays a part in this national movement towards more sustainable living in this new ‘Net Zero’ series. 

Win a Sembcorp Tengeh Floating Solar Farm Tour

Did you know one of the world’s largest inland floating solar farms is found in Tengeh Reservoir, located in CCK Town?

Spanning 45 hectares, the Sembcorp Tengeh Floating Solar Farm has some 122,000 solar photovoltaic (PV) panels.

The panels, spread across 10 islands, produce enough electricity to power some 16,000 four-room HDB flats for one year.

The electricity generated from the solar farm is sufficient to power Singapore’s five local water treatment plants, making us one of the few countries in the world to have a 100% green waterworks system.

Building a solar farm on water not only overcomes the issue of land scarcity in Singapore, but the evaporative cooling effect of water and higher wind speed also lead to higher energy yield than conventional rooftop systems.

The Sembcorp Tengeh Floating Solar Farm will contribute around 4% of Singapore’s target of reaching 1.5 gigawatt peak (GWp) solar energy capacity by 2025. Singapore aims to reach 2 GWp by 2030.

10 lucky residents will get a pair of tickets each for an exclusive tour of Sembcorp Tengeh Floating Solar Farm, specially brought to you by CCK Town Council & Sembcorp. 

The 1.5 – hour tour, starting at 9.30 am on 11 November, will give residents a rare chance to go behind the scenes and, weather permitting, hop on a boat ride to view the panels up close! 

To win, tell us how many blocks of flats in CCK Town have been installed with solar panels. (Psst, read on to find the answer!)

Email your answer to corpcomms@ccktc.org.sg by 29 October! All correct entries stand a chance to win! Hope to see you at the amazing solar powerhouse in CCK Town! 

Harvesting the Power of the Sun

In the first of our ‘Net Zero’ series, we explore how the sun is put to work in CCK Town. 

Solar panels on rooftops of flats in CCK Town are one of the ways Singapore is adopting to achieve its net zero emission goal. (Photo by Flynn Tan)

To date, 250 HDB blocks in CCK Town have been outfitted with solar panels as part of the Town’s drive to transform into an eco-town. The target is to reach 282 blocks by 2025.

Did you know such a move has resulted in savings of approximately 23 million kg of CO2 emissions, which translates to some 23,000 return flights between Paris and New York?

These rooftop solar panels power common services, such as lifts, lights and water pumps. They allow the outfitted HDB blocks to achieve net-zero energy consumption in the common areas, meaning they use roughly the same amount of energy in their common areas as what they produce.

Any excess energy generated from these rooftop solar panels is channelled to the grid.

This conversion of unused rooftop space to harness the energy of the sun will go some ways in helping Singapore achieve its SG Green Plan target of reducing energy consumption in existing HDB towns by 15% by 2030.

Join our eco efforts & send in your answer to the quiz above for a chance to visit one of the world’s largest inland solar farms! 

Take a Ride on the Sustainability Train — Find the Upcycled MRT Seats in the Neighbourhood

The Action for Green Towns collaboration between SMRT and 15 PAP Town Councils has gotten together to “rescue” some 14,400kg of reinforced plastics, metals and other hard-to-recycle materials from Singapore’s only landfill, Pulau Semakau, which is expected to be full by 2035.

The entire project is expected to upcycle at least 1,500 MRT seats into community seats at void decks as well as other communal areas.

The community seats upcycled from retired MRT trains have been installed across Chua Chu Kang Town. 

Find the upcycled MRT seats in your neighbourhood now!

Locations (as of October 2023):

  • Blk 370 Bukit Batok Street 31
  • Blk 384 Bukit Batok West Ave 5
  • Blk 417 Bukit Batok West Ave 4
  • Blk 512 Bukit Batok St 52
  • Blk 524 Bukit Batok St 52
  • Blk 224 Choa Chu Kang Central
  • Blk 251 Choa Chu Kang Ave 2
  • Blk 354 Choa Chu Kang Central
  • Blk 411 Choa Chu Kang Ave 3
  • Blk 448 Choa Chu Kang Ave 4
  • Blk 807A Choa Chu Kang Ave 1
  • Blk 159 Jalan Teck Whye
  • Blk 801A Keat Hong Close
  • Blk 801B Keat Hong Close
  • Blk 102 Teck Whye Lane
Gardening for Good: Community Gardens in the Neighbourhood
Uncle Tey Ka Leong (pictured above harvesting a watermelon), a resident and gardener of Sunshine Gardens

Do you have an interest in gardening?

We have 36 community gardens across Chua Chu Kang Town greening and adding vibrancy to our estates.

These community gardens help provide a therapeutic place for residents to bond and sow edible crops together.

Mr and Mrs Ye are among the volunteers seen daily pottering in the garden.

Please approach your Residents’ Network to find out more about gardening at these community gardens. 

 

Bukit Gombak:

  • Blk 387 Bukit Batok West Ave 5
  • Blk 506 Bukit Batok St 52
  • Blk 526 Bukit Batok St 51
  • Blk 531 Bukit Batok St 51

 

Brickland:

  • Blk 476 Choa Chu Kang Ave 5
  • Blk 488 Choa Chu Kang Ave 5
  • Blk 489 Choa Chu Kang Ave 5
  • Blk 490B Choa Chu Kang Ave 5
  • Blk 801 Keat Hong Close
  • Blk 805 Keat Hong Close
  • Blk 809 Choa Chu Kang Ave 1
  • Blk 810 Choa Chu Kang Ave 1
  • Blk 815 Choa Chu Kang Ave 7
  • Blk 817 Choa Chu Kang Ave 7
  • Blk 819 Keat Hong Link

 

Chua Chu Kang: 

  • Blk 17 Teck Whye Lane (upcoming)
  • Blk 101 Teck Whye Lane
  • Blk 109 Teck Whye Lane
  • Blk 112 Teck Whye Lane
  • Blk 123 Teck Whye Lane
  • Blk 146A Teck Whye lane
  • Blk 160A Jalan Teck Whye (upcoming)
  • Blk 161 Jalan Teck Whye
  • Blk 165 Teck Whye Crescent
  • Blk 221 Choa Chu Kang Central (upcoming)
  • Blk 238 Choa Chu Kang Central
  • Blk 239 Choa Chu Kang Central (upcoming)

 

Hong Kah North:

  • Blk 353 Bukit Batok Street 34 (upcoming)
  • Blk 439 Bukit Batok West Ave 8 (MSCP)
  • Blk 440 Bukit Batok West Ave 8 (MSCP)
  • Blk 443 Bukit Batok West Ave 8 (MSCP)

 

Keat Hong: 

  • Blk 283 Choa Chu Kang Ave 3
  • Blk 288 Choa Chu Kang Ave 3
  • Blk 426 Choa Chu Kang Ave 4
  • Blk 471 Choa Chu Kang Ave 3
  • Blk 485A Choa Chu Kang Ave 5

 

*Above locations of the community gardens are as of October 2023.