Daily round-up, Sep 20: Singapore considering deposit on pre-packaged drinks; woman who brandished knife in Tampines to be charged

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Consumers of pre-packaged beverages may have to pay 10 to 20 cents more as a deposit for their drinks if a proposed scheme is implemented. 

In its initial stages, it will likely involve only metal cans and plastic bottles, with a flat deposit amount applied to each container regardless of size. 

Consumers will be able to get their deposit back upon returning the can or bottle to designated return points.

The proposed beverage container return scheme is currently in its consultation phase. After details are firmed up, the scheme will likely be rolled out by mid-2024.

The scheme will not apply to drinks prepared on the spot, such as bubble tea. Other recyclable materials, such as beverage cartons and glass bottles, may be considered at a later phase. 

The woman who stabbed herself during a stand-off with the police outside St Hilda’s Secondary School in Tampines on Monday (Sep 19) will be charged in court with possession of offensive weapons in a public place.

Two knives were seized from the 53-year-old.

The offence of possession of an offensive weapon carries a jail term of up to three years and caning. However, she cannot be caned as she is a woman.

She will also be investigated by the Central Narcotics Bureau for suspected drug-related offences.

A Chinese national who was found safe after going missing while hiking in the Panti Timur Forest Reserve in Kota Tinggi has been detained for alleged illegal hiking.

For hiking in a forest reserve without a permit, Jason Ren Jie could receive a maximum fine of RM10,000 (US$2,200) or be jailed for up to three years or both.

Johor police earlier told CNA that the man was a Singapore citizen. However, the Johor forestry department and a spokesperson from the Kota Tinggi police division confirmed to CNA on Tuesday that he is a China national with Singapore permanent residency. 

Only a “small handful” of safe-distancing ambassadors in Singapore are left, due to contractual arrangements, the Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment (MSE) said on Tuesday (Sep 20). It added that almost all have returned to other sectors.

Since April this year, the ministry has been stepping down the deployment of safe-distancing ambassadors and helping them seek alternative employment.

However, enforcement officers will continue to be deployed to conduct checks and investigations on violations of safe management measures.

Only such officers have the authority to conduct enforcement against violations of safe management measures.

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