Temasek Foundation To Give Out Free Hand Sanitisers To All Households In Singapore



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From 12 to 25 April, households in Singapore can collect up to 500ml of free zero-alcohol hand sanitiser at automated vending machines located at all Community Centres/Clubs, or the Temasek Shophouse at Dhoby Ghaut.

Scroll down this page to find out what you need to bring for your #BYOBclean collection, and to know more about the collection process.

Photo Credit: Temasek Foundation / Facebook

What To Bring

  • March/April Singapore Power (SP) utilities bill (both paper and electronic) that contains a #BYOBclean QR code with residents' SP account number
  • 1 or 2 suitable recycled bottles that are empty, clean and dry (e.g., shampoo bottles, glass bottles, or PET / plastic bottles):
    – maximum height of each bottle: 23cm or 9 inches
    – maximum width of each bottle: 11cm or 4.5 inches

The QR code or SP account number will be required to verify and validate the collection quota of 500ml for each household.

Households who have not opted for electronic billing should look out for their March/April bills that will be mailed to them between 1 March and 10 April 2021.

Those who have not received a mailed copy of their paper bill, or who have not retained their paper bill, may download the SP Utilities app, to get a digital copy of their bill, which will contain their #BYOBclean QR code and SP account number.

Collection Process

  • Scan QR code on March/April SP bill at the vending machine reader, or key in SP household account number on the screen
  • A #BYOB bottle sticker label will be generated for residents to paste on their bottles
  • Place bottle under dispensing nozzle
  • If using 2 bottles, remove first bottle when full, and place second bottle under the dispensing nozzle
  • Remember to cap bottles after they are filled to prevent spillage

Here's a video on how to collect your free hand sanitiser:

Note:

  • Each automated vending machine will dispense a total of 500ml of #BYOBclean sanitiser for each household, upon validating the SP bill, regardless of whether one or two bottles are used.
  • There is enough free hand sanitiser for all households, so there is no need to rush for collection.
  • The interactive screens and other high touch surfaces of the vending machines have been coated with long lasting disinfectants for the safety of users.
  • Authorisation is required should there be a need to collect the hand sanitiser on behalf of another household.

Photo Credit: Temasek Foundation / Facebook

Formulated and manufactured by local supplier Klenco, the #BYOBclean liquid hand sanitiser for this distribution is coloured purple, using a non-toxic colour additive, so that it looks different from plain drinking water. It is alcohol-free, non-flammable, non-corrosive and biodegradable.

The release added that it will not dry or irritate skin, and can be a suitable alternative for people who may be allergic to alcohol based hand sanitiser. It can also be used as a surface disinfectant.

This will be Temasek Foundation’s second such initiative, and these are the first-ever vending machines in the world that automate the entire process of mixing sanitiser concentrate with clean water, and dispensing ready-to-use hand sanitiser into reusable bottles.

In addition, as compared to the labour intensive process in the first #BYOBclean, these vending machines help to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission from human contact.

Collection hours will also be extended at most locations for the convenience of residents.

Videos on what to bring for collection, and how to use the vending machines are available in English, Chinese, Malay, and Tamil online.

For more information, you may visit the the #BYOBclean website and/or the Temasek Foundation Facebook Page. Alternatively, you may also call the hotline at 1800 738 2000 (open from 30 March to 25 April 2021, 9am to 9pm daily, excluding public holidays), or e-mail BYOBclean@temasekfoundation.org.sg.


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Leona Quek
Blessed with 3 handsome and loving boys in her life. Two of them call her Mommy, the other calls her Wifey. Every night, she wishes for an early bedtime, but misses her babies as soon as they sleep.

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