Singapore streets have a reputation of being amongst the cleanest in the world. And to keep them spotless, the government inflicts hefty fines on those who litter. The first time you get caught dropping a cigarette butt, or other small item, will costs you $300. But he charges add up for serial law breakers. Three years ago, a man received a $15000 fine and 5 hours community service after throwing 34 smokes out of the window.

On top, ‘improper disposal of gum’ will set you back $1000, and those who litter bigger items (drink cans or bottles, for example) are required to appear before court.

The government strikes hard at another form of ‘street pollution’ too: graffiti. It’s considered vandalism and offenders face not only fines, but also jail and caning (!). In 1994, the then 18-year-old American Michael Fay was sentenced to six counts of caning for spray painting two cars. He received ‘only’ four strokes after Bill Clinton intervened. More recently, in 2015, two German guys were sentenced to nine months in jail and three cane strokes for tagging a train.

The more remarkable it is that one of Singapore’s biggest museums has now an exhibition on this wonderful phenomenon called street art.

I wonder when the first garbage expo will be opened.