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Thank You, Residents, for Nominating 2022 Winning Cleaners

The second run of CCK Town Council’s Appreciate Our Cleaners campaign was yet another rounding success.

This year, a total of 70 nominations were received.

Said CCK Town Council Chairman and Minister of State, MTI & MCCY, Ms Low Yen Ling: “As residents continued to work from home in the past 2 years due to the extended Covid-19 pandemic, our cleaners stepped up their regular cleaning, with some going beyond the call of duty. We are greatly heartened by our residents’ keen support and appreciation of our cleaners.

“Our cleaners’ effort did not go unnoticed and were deeply appreciated. Many residents made extra efforts to highlight their nominations with photos and appreciative words. Thank you to all our residents and everyone who participated.”

Here are the 10 winning cleaners and why their nominators said they should win.

Lalilababu (Keat Hong)

Resident Phang Soon Tuck says: “She’s hardworking and dedicated to her work. Quite a few times I’ve seen her cleaning the rubbish chute at Blk 438 despite the rain.”

Peh Cheng Swee (Keat Hong)

Resident Chui Shoong Hee says: “I see Uncle Peh already at work early in the morning before the crack of dawn. I have also spotted him working on his days off (when he was not in uniform).”

Mafuz (Keat Hong)

Resident Doris Cheong says: “Mafuz is cheerful and hardworking, and takes pride in his work. I have seen him and a few other cleaners helping to ferry seniors up to their units when the lifts were down or under maintenance.”

Hossain Anwar (Hong Kah North)

Jade Chan says: “Hossain helped me throw my rubbish during my quarantine. He went beyond his duty, and he tends to the estate like his own home.”

Mollah Aktar (Hong Kah North)

Joanne Lau says: “On top of his daily regular duties, Mollah faithfully clears up all the bulky items found in the estate.”

Shadon (Brickland)

Resident Wee Sin Tian says: “Shadon is very hardworking, kind and friendly. He always helps me place my floor mat on my shoe rack when I forget to do so on floor-cleaning days. My 1.5-year-old son likes him very much.”

Tamil Mani (CCK)

Resident Cheryl Chew says: “Our block tends to have rubbish left behind by passers-by who don’t live here. But no matter how dirty it gets, our void deck will be clean as new the next morning – a testament to how hard Tamil Mani works.”

Md Yusof (CCK)

Resident Zaleha Bte Rosdi says: “Each day, I can hear the sound of a broom sweeping from the void deck in the wee hours of the morning. It’s Yusof, hard at work. He often goes the extra mile and offers me help when he sees me carrying groceries.”

Ong Bee Kook (CCK)

Resident William Tan says: “Bee Kook is a friendly and hardworking lady. I see her going up to every floor to clean and remove unwanted items near the common rubbish chute.”

Nasir Khan (Bukit Gombak)

Resident Cheong Soon Keng says: “Nasir has been taking care of our estate for many years. He can often be seen working late and going beyond the call of duty to assist residents when we require help.”

Congratulations to all our 10 winning cleaners for 2022! Each cleaner receives a $50 FairPrice voucher, and the nominating resident gets a $30 FairPrice voucher.

Stay tuned for more on how CCK Town appreciates our cleaners.

Looking Forward to a Joyous Hari Raya Aidilfitri 2022

Singapore’s largest hand-made ‘wau bulan’ (traditional Malay kite), designed and made by Bukit Gombak resident Khusaini Bin Jamari, welcomes visitors to Bukit Gombak Neighbourhood Centre.

Festive lights and decorations, yummy kueh-kuehs, cookies and other delicacies, new baju (clothes) galore — you can get them all from Bukit Gombak Neighbourhood Centre.

Where to Shop & What to Buy

Soak in the festive mood at CCK Town’s very own mini “Geylang Serai” of the West. Get ready for the occasion. Here’s how!

Swing by Toko Warisan Trading (above, first photo) or Ain Aimirah Trading (above, second photo) to get ‘matchy-matchy’ family outfits.

Or stock up on cookies from Al Barakah (top).

Make sure you don’t miss out the stalls along the walkways of Blk 374 (above) that entice with delicious snacks and goodies.

And not forgetting the delectable kueh-kueh (see above), which can be found at the stall in front of Ananas Chicken.

Looking Forward to a Bigger, Better Hari Raya Adilfiltri

Keat Hong resident Noridah binte Othman (back row, second from right) with her husband, Kamari bin Muhali (on her right) having a small celebration last year with only immediate family members. Front row, from left are the couple’s second son, Muhd Hamiyadiy bin Kamari, third daughter, NurHanis Hanani binte Kamari, eldest son, Muhd Hamizan bin Kamari, and his wife, Nordiana binte Ibrahim. Back row, from left are their fourth son, Muhd Hamizharif bin Kamari, and wife of their second son, Siti Hadeejah binte Abd Rahman, holding her daughter, Aara Basyirah binte Muhd Hamiyadiy.

Keat Hong resident Noridah bin Othman is one of the many who greeted the more relaxed Covid-19 rules with jubilation.

“The last 2 years have been quite sad, especially for the elderly, because of the restrictions on visitations. This year, everyone is happier and very eagerly looking forward to being able to be able to at least gather again,” said the 55-year-old home-maker.

As Hari Raya Aidilfitri is a season for strengthening bonds among relatives and friends, even though most families tried their best to catch up via virtual gatherings in the past 2 years, they can’t quite compare with the physical meet-ups, said Noridah.

Glad as her family is with the relaxed rules, they will still approach the celebrations with some caution, especially in their visits to older friends and families. They are taking care not to go in big groups.

She explained: “Even though we are now moving towards living with Covid-19, we still need to do our bit to protect our vulnerable elderly, including ourselves.”

Noridah said she and her neighbours are also hoping they can welcome the return of mass community events such as sit-down dinners where more than 250 people can enjoy the ‘makan’, complete with performances.

“The rules have just been relaxed so we cannot just go all out; we still need to have some control. Hopefully, soon we can bring some of those events back,” she said.

3 Power Winners for March’s Energy-Saving Contest

The 3 winners for CCK Town Council’s Energy-Saving Contest in March are:

Bukit Gombak resident Andrew Lim, Keat Hong resident Shayden Wong and Keat Hong resident Madurai Kamala Kannan.

These residents not only answered the 3 questions in the quiz* correctly, but they also shared their great power-saving tip and won a $50 NTUC FairPrice voucher each.

To mark Earth Day, which falls on 22 April, we spoke to the three residents on how they stay green.

Harvesting the Power of the Sun

Andrew’s kitchen showing the placement of his solar panel and light (above, circled in red), and a close-up of the solar light in action (above).

66-year-old retiree Andrew has been tapping on solar energy to light up his kitchen for the past year.

A closer look at the solar panel and light.

He bought a plug-and-play solar panel and light for about $100, and installed them on a West-facing window in his kitchen. Voila, he has since been enjoying ‘free’ light in his kitchen every night.

The 14×12 inch solar panel can store enough energy to power the 100W LED light for 2 to 3 hours. It’s bright enough such that Andrew and his wife do not even need to turn on their kitchen light.

He and his wife also save energy in other ways too, such as lowering the blinds to keep the sun out on hot days so they spend less energy cooling the room down at night.

Besides reducing his energy bill, Andrew urged: “Using energy from renewable sources will help us to reduce our carbon footprint. Even though we may not achieve much  as individuals, every small bit of effort adds up.”

Sharing Aircon on WFH Days

Shayden’s sketch of how his family keep cool by sharing the same room.

Shayden and his parents share the same room when they work or study from home. This way, they need to turn on only 1 air-conditioner to keep everyone cool and comfortable.

Once the room has cooled down sufficiently, they also turn the aircon off and rely on the fan to keep cool and further save energy.

By doing so, the 17-year-old student said his family has seen a 20% reduction in their energy consumption  for their 4-room flat in the past year. They brought their power bill from above average of their neighbours  to below average and were rewarded with cost savings.

He said: “Saving electricity is very important to us as the Earth’s resources are limited, so we must use them sparingly if we want to conserve them for future generations.”

The World is in Your Hands

Madurai succinctly expresses his idea in a sketch (pictured below) along with his message “the world is in your hands”.

He said: “By saving energy, I’m doing my bit to save the environment and also help to reduce air pollution and prevent climate change.”

The 42-year-old team leader in a chemical firm has been practising as he preaches for the last 4 years.

By eliminating the use of aircon completely, using energy-saving lights, and turning the power of all devices, he has reduced his power bill by 30%.

Now that you have learnt about the residents’ winning green habits, let them inspire you to embark on your own green journey, just in time for Earth Day!

*Correct answers for the quiz are:
Q1: Filament light bulbs look better & use less power than LED bulbs.

A1: B: False

Q2: Use a fan instead of aircon as 1 aircon = __ fans.

A2: B: 11

Q3: Set washing machine to wash clothes in __ water.

A3: B: room temperature

Show You Appreciate Them: Nominate Your Estate Cleaners!

Appreciate Our Cleaners Week is back!

After the rousing success with last year’s inaugural Appreciate Our Cleaners Week, CCK Town Council is bringing back the campaign for the second year.

Residents are invited to submit nominations for their estate cleaners to show them that you recognise and appreciate their effort.

Simply pen your words of appreciation for the cleaner or write about a heart-warming encounter with him/her. Your entry should include reasons why he or she should win. (Psst, there is no word limit!)

Boost your chances by including a photo with or of your nominee!

10 winning entries will be selected. The nominated cleaners will receive $50 NTUC FairPrice shopping vouchers each, while the nominating resident will be awarded $30 NTUC FairPrice shopping vouchers.

Send your nominations to CCK Town Council by 17 April 2022 via:

Send in your nominations now!

See Terms & Conditions here.

Recycle & Save the Earth

Save 1 tree with every 40kg* of paper you recycle! And for every tree saved, you are reducing carbon emissions by up to 40kg per year.

As we mark Earth Day on 22 April, CCK Town residents will find it easier to do their bit for the environment with 4 new SGRecycle bins around the town this month.

The bins are located at:

Block 440 Bukit Batok West Avenue 8

Block 223 Choa Chu Kang Central

Block 818 Choa Chu Kang Avenue 1: Opposite McDonald’s

Block 251 Choa Chu Kang Avenue 2: In front of Residents’ Network

SGRecycle is a social recycling initiative by SGPaperRecycle, which has more than 100 bins islandwide. Users get reward points when they deposit recyclables in these bins.

The 4 SGRecycle bins in CCK Town accept non-contaminated general waste paper, old magazines and books as well as corrugated carton boxes. Carton boxes will need to be flattened before deposit.

For every 1kg of waste paper deposited, residents receive 6 SGRecycle points. Accumulate 1,000 points to redeem $10 cash or EZ-Link credits.

Start doing your bit now as a personal challenge to see how many trees you can save in a year. Or make it a family challenge for you and your children. And earn some cash incentives too!

*40kg paper = about 20 reams of A4-sized paper

1 ream = 500 sheets = approximately 2kg

Upcycling Magic: New-Old Treasures

A spare bed for a visiting grandmother, a cherished but underused cabinet, a dining table that a family had outgrown — these were among the furniture that Brickland residents had generously contributed towards Project Circular.

Project Circular, born during last year’s CCK Town HaCCKathon, aimed to give discarded furniture a new lease of life through upcycling.

35 pieces of new and chic furniture were created by 39 second-year Ngee Ann Polytechnic design students. Nine of them were showcased by Scanteak and the Polytechnic in March.

Part of the project’s bigger vision is to educate residents and participants about the Circular Economy, where discarded items can be reused to make new products, thereby reducing waste and inspiring responsible consumption.

Over 1 tonne of furniture was collected for this upcycling project, which is a collaboration between Brickland residents, CCK Town Council, Ngee Ann Polytechnic and Scanteak, with the support of the CNA Green Plan.

Too Good to Throw 

Many residents donated furniture that their families had outgrown or were left unused. The residents’ most common refrain: They were too good to throw away.

Resident Eric Choong (in orange) supervising the removal of his mahagony shelf.

Resident Eric Choong donated a mahogany open shelf cabinet custom-made in Indonesia. Said the 53-year-old: “We liked it very much but never got around to using it, so I am happy that it will be put to good use in this project.”

Though he did not recognise his old cabinet, which had been reborn into a desk-cum-shelf named DUO, he felt efforts such as Project Circular were worthy pursuits because the more people recycled their unwanted furniture, the fewer trees would have to be cut down to create new products.

Brickland resident Eric Choong (in colourful striped shirt) with Ngee Polytechnic student Samuel Tan (in white shirt) checking out the exhibition.

(From left) Teo Zu Er, Mao Mei, Cheryl Ling and Leow Den Jo, four of the five creators posing with DUO, a desk-cum-shelf which incorporated parts of resident Eric Choong’s mahogany cabinet.

Resident Leow Geng Hui (standing, on left) looking on as volunteers prepare to transport his dining table.

Another resident Leow Geng Hui, 36, who wanted to get a bigger dining table, parted with the dining table he bought when he first moved into his Brickland home.

Resident Tan Taw Ying donated this 7-year-old bed frame.

Resident Tan Taw Ying donated a 7-year-old bed frame. It was originally intended for her mother to use when she visited. However, due to the closure of borders over the Covid-19 pandemic, her mother, who is residing in Johor Bahru, has not been able to come.

“I was planning to give the bed frame to the garang guni (rag and bone man) but thought it would be good if it can be recycled instead,” added the 38-year-old.

Challenging Project to Cut Their Teeth

When the Ngee Ann Polytechnic students first received the donated furniture, they were thrilled at the exciting possibilities that unfolded before them. They were limited only by their imagination and ability to execute their ideas.

Lim Cai Qian’s first thought was “What an exciting project!”. She added: “I had always wondered how I could contribute to sustainability through design. Being able to participate in this project is like a dream come true. I was able to put sustainable design into practice by upcycling donated furniture.”

Lim Cai Qian showing off her Joie de Vivre, a table which can be pulled apart to be used by two persons.

However, as this project was a first for most of the students who had never dismantled old furniture and rebuilt something from scratch before, there was some apprehension on their part.

Tan Kok Khin doubted and worried over his ability to complete his product because he did not have any prior experience or craftsmanship skills.

The students said they were thankful not only to their lecturers but also to the Scanteak team who gave them very useful and practical advice on how they could improve their products.

Tan Kok Khin was inspired to design this HOOP coffee table which doubles up as a fun “goal or hoop” for paper ball tossing games that family and friends can play at home.

For example, Kok Khin struggled with constructing the support for his HOOP table. His designs were simply not strong enough. After consulting the Scanteak team, he learnt to improve the stability by adding inner structures to make his table stronger and more durable.

Student Tan Kok Khin spent more than 100 hours to bring his HOOP coffee table to life.

The tight 4-weeks’ timeline to create the final products was also challenging for the students. So it was with much pride, joy and relief when they saw that their finished products had turned out exactly as they had imagined.

“The project allowed our students to experience first-hand how they could contribute and be part of a circular economy with their design skills and creativity,” said Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s Director of School of Design & Environment Mrs Pang-Eng Peck Hong, who added that the school’s objectives had been met.

For those who missed the exhibition, Project Circular will be featured on CNA as part of its Green Plan campaign. Catch the show on television on the Singapore Green Plan – The Green Economy, on 2 May 2022 at 9pm.

Use Less Power — Save the Earth & Your Pocket

With Earth Hour coming up on 26 March, let’s take a look at how we can be kinder to Mother Earth (and our pockets) at the same time.

The National Environment Agency (NEA) has tips aplenty on how households can save cost and electricity. (Pssst, the link is useful for the quiz!)

Did you know using curtains, blinds or solar-film coated windows can help to block unwanted heat from the sun, especially for east- and west-facing windows, and help you save electricity from having to cool the room down?

Positioning your TV or computer screens perpendicular to your window helps to reduce glare and minimises the need to increase screen brightness, cutting power usage.

Take Quiz & Win Prize

Take the power-saving quiz below to check your knowledge on reducing power consumption.

Stand a chance to win a HP Hyper X Cloud Stinger S – Gaming Headset worth $99 when you submit your answers with 1 photo and caption to show us how you conserve electricity at home.

The top 3 entries with the correct answers and most creative suggestions to save electricity, win!

Email corpcomms@ccktc.org.sg by 27 March 22.

Quiz

Q1: Filament light bulbs look better & use less power than LED bulbs. 

A: True B: False

Q2: Use a fan instead of aircon as 1 aircon = __ fans.

A: 1       B: 11     C: 111

Q3: Set washing machine to wash clothes in __ water.

A: hot  B: room temperature

See Terms & Conditions here.

Spotted Something or Someone Interesting in CCK Town? Tell Us & You May Win a $50 NTUC FairPrice Shopping Voucher!

Have you seen vintage items like this old telephone in CCK Town? (Photo credit: G Kuek)

Noticed an unusual trend or interesting development in your estate? Share with us what’s brewing or unique in your hood!

At the Hillview Heritage Alley at Hillview Community Club, you can view retro items like this old telephone (pictured above). Outside of the heritage gallery, can such retro items still be found in CCK Town? Perhaps you know of a coffeeshop that still sells coffee in recycled condensed milk tins?

Or maybe, you know of an inspiring or fascinating neighbour? For instance, Keat Hong centenarian Madam Soh Lian Tee (pictured below) has lived through World War II and the tumultuous birth of our Singaporean state.  

Maybe one of your family member is a centenarian like Madam Soh Lian Tee who has witnessed Singapore’s history in the making?  (Photo credit: Madam Soh’s family)

We want to hear your ideas! If your story tip is picked to be featured in CCK Town’s digital lift panels, you will receive a $50 NTUC FairPrice shopping voucher.

Share with us your story tip by emailing corpcomms@ccktc.org.sg and provide as much details as possible, including your contact information.

We want to hear more from you about the special people and things happening in CCK Town!

Recycling x Creativity = Turning Old into Gold

Brickland resident Eric Choong (dressed in orange tee and shorts) donated his mahogany cabinet, which was moved with the help of fellow residents. The volunteer movers are (from left) Toh Ai Tin, Ong Liping, Seph Tan and Tan Chin Tee.

What do most of us do when we have old, unwanted furniture at home? We dispose! 

But what if our trash can be turned into something new and useful?  

Beauty of Circular Economy

HOOP (above) is a coffee table given a second life (from its old form, pictured below). It acts not just as a coffee table but also as a catalyst for family interaction as they play toss the ball into the hole.

The idea of turning discarded household items into new furniture was first mooted at CCK Town’s HaCCKathon held in October 2021. The event, facilitated by Ngee Ann Polytechnic, saw over 80 residents coming together to co-develop an eco-plan to transform CCK Town into a sustainable eco-town.

After the HaCCKathon, Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s School of Design and Environment, CCK Town Council and the Brickland Sustainability Workgroup got together to bring the idea of upcycling old furniture to life — and Project Circular was born.

This project seeks to educate participants about a concept called the Circular Economy. It helps to reduce the amount of waste thrown away by transforming rubbish that would have gone into the incinerators and landfills into something useful. It promotes responsible consumption and helps companies to become more eco-friendly. 

CCK Town Residents, Scanteak and CNA Join Hands with Ngee Ann Polytechnic

At the start of this year, a group of enthusiastic Brickland volunteers helped to spread the word among fellow Brickland residents to source for unwanted pieces of furniture.

Subsequently, with the help of CCK Town Council and estate cleaners, these volunteers helped to move and transport the tonne of discarded wood furniture to Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s School of Design and Environment.

At Ngee Ann Polytechnic, 39 second-year Design students set to work, spending 7 weeks conceptualising, designing and constructing new furniture pieces out of the unwanted furniture.

Popular local furniture manufacturer, Scanteak, stepped in to offer the students design, construction and marketing expertise from its top management and most experienced craftsmen, while local media giant, Mediacorp, supported the project by documenting the entire process as part of its CNA Green Plan Campaign.

This project would be a key feature of a TV episode on the Singapore Green Plan 2030 which will be aired on 25 April 2022 on CNA, focusing on the Green Economy, one of the five pillars of the plan.

See the Upcycled Furniture in Person

Born out of wooden panels salvaged from donated furniture (above), the Casita (pictured below) is a cat-friendly piece of furniture which is both a human seat and also a cat’s home-cum-lookout tower.

Out of the 35 pieces that were designed, a total of 9 pieces were selected to be put up for public display at Scanteak Toh Guan Showroom.

They will also be for sale and all proceeds will be donated to Brickland Cares to fund future green initiatives and community needs.  

Check out the selected upcycled furniture pieces now!

Date: 12 to 15 March 2022*

Time:

  • 12pm – 9pm (Mon to Fri)
  • 11am – 9pm (Sat & Sun)

Where: Scanteak Toh Guan Showroom 8 Boon Lay Way, #02-22/23, Tradehub 21, Singapore 609964

Project Circular shows what can be done, if we treat our waste with a little bit of creativity, instead of just throwing it away.

Born from the ashes of old chairs (above), the Chairlax (pictured below) is a foldable chair on the ground for the casual mobile gamer.

Eco Collection Points in CCK Town

Do you know the variety of recycling collection points near you?

Alba e-waste bins

Alba e-waste bins are  available in CCK Town for residents to deposit their information and communication technology (ICT) equipment (such as printers, computers, laptops, mobile phones, tablets, network equipment, set-top boxes, and desktop monitors), light bulbs and portable batteries for recycling. Residents can earn points that can be redeemed for shopping vouchers when they recycle their e-waste at these bins.

Click here for the types of e-waste each bin can accept.

Locations:

  • Keat Hong Community Club
  • Sunshine Place
  • Teck Whye Shopping Centre
  • Hillview Community Club
  • Hong Kah North Community Club
  • Block 816B Keat Hong Link
  • ITE College West
  • Lot One Mall

 

Cash-for-Trash

Cash-for-Trash is an incentive programme by Public Waste Collectors, where residents may bring their recyclables to the Cash-for-Trash stations and cash is given in exchange for recyclables. 

Please note that all Cash-for-Trash stations are currently suspended due to the enhanced COVID-19 measures implemented. 

Click here for more information on Cash-for-Trash.

Locations:

  • Block 323 Bukit Batok Street 33
  • Block 448C Bukit Batok West Ave 9
  • Block 35 Teck Whye Avenue
  • Block 414 Choa Chu Kang Ave 4
  • Block 469 Choa Chu Kang Ave 3
  • Block 807B Choa Chu Kang Ave 1
  • Block 218 Choa Chu Kang Central
  • Block 15 Teck Whye Lane

 

Paper Recycling Machines

SGRecycle is a social recycling initiative by SGPaperRecycle Pte Ltd where a network of more than 100 SGRecycle stations are deployed around Singapore islandwide to collect waste paper (aluminum cans, plastic PET bottles and fabrics coming soon) and in return for incentives/reward points.

Click here to learn more about the incentives/reward points.

Locations:

  • Block 440 Bukit Batok West Ave 8
  • Block 251 Choa Chu Kang Avenue 2
  • Block 223 Choa Chu Kang Central
  • Block 818 Choa Chu Kang Ave 1

 

Reverse Vending Machines 

Reverse Vending Machines (RVMs) are machines which are able to identify, sort and collect empty plastic drink bottles and aluminium drink cans and reward users when the containers have been accepted by the machines.

Click here to learn more about the machines.

Locations:

  • Bukit Gombak ActiveSG Sports Centre
  • Lot One Mall
  • Hong Kah North Community Club 

 

Old Shoes Collection

Give your used sports shoes a second life! Be part of the nationwide effort to recycle used sports shoes into materials that could be used for jogging tracks, fitness corners and playgrounds. 

Click here for more information on the project.

Location:

  • Bukit Gombak ActiveSG Sports Centre
Youths Help Teck Whye Seniors Go Green

The youths’ ‘loot’ of recyclables — after a hard day of going door-to-door collecting e-waste & old clothes from seniors living in Teck Whye.

Passionate about promoting a green lifestyle among Singaporeans, four youths rallied their like-minded peers to perform door-to-door electronic waste (e-waste) and textiles collection in CCK estate before Chinese New Year (CNY).

Lim Jin Pin, 20, Yesenia Lim, 20, Vienna Anong, 18, and Letitia Chen, 18, were behind the collection drive for 8 apartment blocks in Teck Whye where many seniors live.

The three full-time students and one National Serviceman recruited another 20 youths to join them in collecting e-waste and old clothes from the seniors for recycling.

Yesenia had learnt about the residents needing more help in recycling while preparing a food distribution programme for vulnerable households in the Teck Whye area last June. So when Jin Pin broached the idea of an e-waste collection drive, Yesenia suggested to do so in Teck Whye and to twin it with collection of unwanted old clothes too.

Doing Something Meaningful with Their Time

Jin Pin, who has always been into green initiatives, said: “The spark that got the ball rolling was the realisation that while many people know about recycling plastic bottles, cans, glass and paper, seniors especially may not be aware that e-waste may also be recycled. 

“This means that much of the valuable recyclable metals found in electronics are being thrown and wasted. So we decided to come up with this special recycling drive targeted to help our seniors.”

Took Two Months to Get the Project Going

Do you recall seeing this advertisement about the collection drive?

The quartet said they took about two months to plan and organise the collection drive, bearing in mind wet weather plans and safe distancing measures.

In early January this year, they went door-to-door giving out pamphlets informing residents at the 8 blocks in Teck Whye that they would be returning two weeks later to collect e-waste and textiles for recycling. The CCK Town Council also helped publicise the collection on the lift panels of the 8 blocks and arranged for special collection bins.

Jin Pin said since majority of the residents were not home when they visited and they left the pamphlets under their doors, he wasn’t sure what the response would be.

Residents’ Response Overwhelming

The youths went door-to-door collecting e-waste and old textiles.

So when the 24 youths split into two teams for the door-to-door collection from the 8 blocks around Teck Whye’s Blocks 8 and 120 on 23 January, they were gratified at how much they managed to collect.

More than 138kg of e-waste was amassed and close to over 30 bags of old clothes. The most common e-waste was old monitors and TV screens.

Jin Pin said: “It was great that we managed to also take the chance to educate the mostly senior citizens in the estate about e-waste. And many asked us if we were planning to run this drive again.”

With the residents’ positive response to the recycling drive, the green champions decided they would return again next year around the same time to mount another collection.

Active Youths Bring Positive Change

The Teck Whye green drive was organised by YOUthnited (an informal youth volunteer group) with support from CCK Town Council. The town council arranged for recycling company ALBA to provide two e-waste recycling bins on the day of the drive.

Youthnited Founder, Yesenia, said she used to volunteer extensively with another informal youth volunteer group in the East. As a Westie, she thought it would be good to start something similar in the West, and YOUthnited was born in 2021.

She hopes to galvanise more youths to take the initiative to plan their own volunteer projects and make sustainable, positive change to society.

Go Green this CNY — Recycle Your Used Drink Cans & Bottles

 

As you entertain your family and friends this Chinese New Year (CNY), do your bit for the environment too by recycling the cans or bottles of drinks served. 

Deposit your plastic drink bottles or aluminum drink cans at these Reverse Vending Machines (RVMs) (pictured left) and earn rewards.

For every 10 drink containers successfully deposited, you can choose to get:

Since this Recycle N Save initiative was launched in October 2019 by F&N Foods, with support from the National Environment Agency (NEA), about 9 million drink containers have been collected through 50 RVMs deployed island-wide.

In January 2022, F&N and NEA announced they are embarking on the next phase of the drive by redeploying the RVMs to more schools and also to new locations such as business parks, office buildings and mixed developments in a bid to widen the programme’s reach.

There are also plans to upcycle the cans and bottles collected into 3D-printed artworks such as everyday objects like benches and planters.

In CCK Town, the RVMs can be found at:

  • Lot One Shoppers’ Mall
  • Bukit Gombak Sports Centre
  • Hong Kah North Community Centre

Have questions about the initiative? You can get them answered here.

This year, make your CNY a more eco-conscious celebration!

CCK Town Gets Ready for a Roaring Good Year

Presiding over the festivities at Bukit Gombak Neighbourhood Centre is the God of Fortune.

Get ready to welcome the Year of Water Tiger. The tiger zodiac sign is known for its power, courage  and ability to do everything on a grand scale.

At Bukit Gombak Neighbourhood Centre, the God of Fortune  is ever ready to shower upon residents, shoppers and visitors lots of abundance and wealth.

 

The 12 Chinese zodiac animals are also out in full force, ready to meet everyone.

The Chinese New Year (CNY) Light-Up at Bukit Gombak organised by the Bukit Gombak Traders’ Association is on till 15 February 2022.

Over in Keat Hong, festive lights decking Blocks 449 to 464 get residents into the CNY mood and all primed up to usher in the New Year.

 

May the Year of Water Tiger bring vitality, strength and health to all CCK residents!

Fireworks Dazzle CCK Residents on First Day of 2022

Fireworks, usually set off in the heart of the city centre on New Year’s Eve, has been brought to the heartlands for the second consecutive year. It was the crowd favourite for the Chua Chu Kang (CCK) Town Council’s First View of 2022 from Your Window Instagram contest.

The three winners, coincidentally all from CCK estate, submitted their first views of the New Year from their respective vantage points. They took home a $50 NTUC FairPrice shopping voucher each for their beautiful shots.

Early Bird Catches the Worm

Bryan (@_bryangraphy) won with 482 likes for his photo (above).

An avid photographer, Bryan Goh who bagged a prize with his dazzling photo of the CCK fireworks, had also won in the recent year-end CCK Town’s Snap & Win Photo Contest. Bryan’s shot of the serene Kranji Dam at sunrise which snared the second prize is featured in the CCK Town 2022 calendar.

Bryan’s submission of a serene Kranji Dam at sunrise (above) is photo of the month for September in CCK Town 2022 calendar.

The 44-year-old real estate agent loves taking photos of fireworks, and had been making annual trips down to Marina Bay for the New Year Eve’s fireworks in previous years. Even though the Covid-19 pandemic resulted in the city centre fireworks being canned, Bryan said, the silver lining was that the fireworks instead came to the heartlands.

“Though the heartlands fireworks may not be as grand as the ones in the city centre, it is a nice change of scenery and makes for interesting shooting because not many people have taken photos of heartlands fireworks,” he said.

As it rained the whole night of New Year’s Eve till around 10pm, he wasn’t sure if he would be able to get a good photograph. But he still set up his tripod and DSLR camera and hoped for the best. His perseverance paid off and he scored the most likes with his shot of the fireworks rising above the HDB flats in the town.

Lucky Win

With this snap of the fireworks from the comfort of her home, Sit Mei Qi (@mickey_mickey_qi) wishes her fellow residents peace and joy for the New Year.

Since resident Sit Mei Qi had decided to catch the heartlands fireworks from her doorstep, she thought she’d just give the contest a try.

“I wasn’t expecting to win but thought it’ll be fun to share my photographs with fellow CCK Town residents,” the accounts assistant said.

The 25-year-old has been a resident in the town for three years. If not for the pandemic, she would usually be visiting family and friends in Malaysia in December.

This year, with the vaccinated travel lane opening, she went home for a visit at the start of December, and was back in Singapore to celebrate New Year’s Eve.

“In a way, the pandemic has turned out to be a blessing because I don’t have to brave the crowds to catch the fireworks in the city centre, but can watch it from the comfort of my home,” she said, adding that winning the IG contest was a welcomed bonus.

No Place Like Home

After missing last year’s fireworks, Sharon Ong (@chi.buting) realised there is no better place than home to catch a glimpse of it.

The final winner Sharon Ong said that in 2020, she had gone to a nearby park to catch the CCK fireworks, but wasn’t able to see it. When she got home, her mother-in-law told her that the fireworks were actually visible from the comfort of Sharon’s home.

So this time last year, instead of heading out to hunt for it, the 32-year-old assistant accountant and her husband just watched the fireworks display from their living room.

And since she had taken a photo of the fireworks, she thought she’d just “try her luck” by submitting her photo when she saw the ad for the contest a few days later. Unexpectedly, she won.

“I do pay attention to the Town Council’s notices displayed in the digital lift panels, and have taken part in some contests and surveys. I find such activities that engage residents interesting and easy to take part in, especially when it is something as simple as the click of a few buttons on a survey or snapping a photo,” said Sharon.

Congratulations to our three winners, and thank you to all the other residents for taking part! Do watch out for other residents’ engagements coming your way in 2022.

Winners of CCK Town’s Snap & Win Photo Contest

Loving the beautiful photos showing off the nature and serenity of our Town in CCK Town Council’s 2022 calendar?

More than 1,400 beautiful photos were received during the call for submissions, which CCK Town Council Chairman Ms Low Yen Ling said was “greatly heartening”.

“The impressive quality of the photographs submitted, coupled with the volume of entries — which was 5 times more than last year — made the job of judging extra challenging!” said Ms Low.

Despite the daunting task of judging, she added: “It was a joy to see our residents’ love for CCK Town shine through the many entries, which presented every-day scenery in a different light and through their eyes.”

Here are the top 3 winners of the contest:

1st Prize goes to Hong Kah North’s Yong Kuo Hoong for his photo of sunrise over Sungei Buloh’s Eagle Point, which is the feature photo for the month of June.

His prize, worth $528 and more, comprises $300 NTUC FairPrice shopping vouchers, exclusive CCK Town NETS FlashPay cards worth $80 and a one-year license for Microsoft 365 Family software worth $148. He also receives a HP printer.

Kuo Hoong also bagged the top prize with his shot of a tranquil sunrise over Kranji Dam last year.

2nd Prize is won by Chua Chu Kang estate’s Bryan Goh with his take of a serene and mysterious Kranji Reservoir, anchoring the month of September.

Bryan’s haul is worth $408 and more, comprising $200 NTUC FairPrice shopping vouchers, exclusive CCK Town NETS FlashPay cards worth $60, and a one-year licence for Microsoft 365 Family licence worth $148. He also receives a HP printer.

3rd Prize goes to Bukit Gombak’s Clement Lee for his shot of residents gearing up for their morning exercise at Bukit Gombak Stadium, anchoring the month of August in the calendar.

He walks away with $268 worth of prizes and more, comprising $100 worth of NTUC FairPrice shopping vouchers and exclusive CCK Town NETS FlashPay cards worth $40. He also receives a HP printer.

The remaining 9 winners each receive $50 NTUC FairPrice shopping vouchers. They are:

Chua Chu Kang estate’s Guo Shun’s photo of the playground at Choa Chu Kang Park kicks off the calendar in January. 

Bukit Gombak’s Gina Ng Zhi Ting’s shot of the Rail Corridor graces the month of February.

In March, the calendar is anchored by Bukit Gombak’s Grace Zheng Yi Jie’s photograph of Bukit Batok Hillside Park.

The month of April is framed by fluffy white clouds over the iconic trees at Goodview Gardens taken by Bukit Gombak’s Lim Chiat Cheong.

Bukit Gombak Park graces the calendar in May – photographed by friend of CCK, Ong Yi Chao, who admires the town’s natural beauty.

Graceful lalangs against Brickland’s Keat Hong Colours estate in the backdrop is Chua Chu Kang estate’s Carlo G. Palma’s contribution for July.

Bukit Gombak’s Alwin Saji’s photo of Little Guilin seemingly awash in autumnal colours aptly features in October.

Magical sunlight through the foliage in Bukit Batok Nature Park is Bukit Gombak’s Teo Lee Kiang’s contribution for November.

Bukit Gombak’s Myron Tay’s majestic shot of a bird of prey closes the year in December.

Find out more about what inspired our top 3 winners in our feature story coming up in February.

View the digital version of CCK Town Council’s 2022 calendar here.