Temasek Foundation has launched its second #BYOBclean initiative to enable every interested household in Singapore to collect 500ml of free, zero alcohol hand sanitiser from 12 to 25 April 2021.
Where to collect
Like the first #BYOBclean distribution, residents must bring their clean reusable bottles (up to 2 per person) and self-collect at the automated vending machines located at all 108 Community Centres or clubs and the Temasek Shophouse (Dhoby Ghaut). At the vending machines, scan the QR code on your March/April SP utility bill or key in your SP account number on the interactive screens. As such, you can collect the hand sanitiser at your own convenience 24/7. Do note that the maximum height of the bottles have to be at 23cm/9 inches and maximum width of 11cm/4.5 inches.
Each machine will have sufficient hand sanitiser concentrate for almost 4,000 bottles of 500ml capacity and multiple vending machines will be available at the busier Community Centres. These machines are the first in the world that automate the entire process of mixing sanitiser concentrate with clean water, and dispensing ready-to-use sanitisers into reusable bottles. They also minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission from human contact, compared to the labour intensive process in the first #BYOBclean.
About the alcohol-free hand sanitiser
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 non-flammable, non-corrosive and biodegradable. It generally will not dry or irritate skin, and can be a suitable alternative for people who may be allergic to alcohol-based hand sanitisers.
This hand sanitiser contains 0.2% benzalkonium chloride (BKC), the same active ingredient that was used in the first cycle of #BYOBclean, but at a higher concentration. This higher concentration of BKC means that it can also be used as a surface disinfectant if needed.
BKC at a minimum concentration of 0.05% in cleaning products is recognised by the National Environment Agency of Singapore1 and the European Centre of Disease Prevention and Control2 to be effective against coronaviruses.
For more information about the second #BYOBclean initiative, please visit stayprepared.sg/BYOBclean.