Celebrate Earth Day (Sat 22 Apr 2017: 9.00am) with a coastal cleanup at Coney Island with Adrian, Jen & Beth! Meet them at the West Entrance, they will provide trash bag and gloves! Sign up at their registration page.
Adrian, Jen & Beth and friends have tackled marine trash on the shores of Singapore by contributing to year-round coastal cleanups both as participants and organisers for several years now.
Having tackled marine trash at Sungei Seletar, Tanah Merah and Chek Jawa in previous years, they are heading to Coney Island this Earth Day as the marine trash situation there requires attention.
Thanks to NParks for providing trash bags and gloves, and coordinating trash removal after the cleanup!
for the World Wetlands Day coastal cleanup last February
Announcement – ICCS 2017 Registration for Organisers is now open, with results of Site Allocation to be released in early-May, end-May and end-Jun 2017.
The International Coastal Cleanup is coordinated by the Ocean Conservancy in Washington DC, USA. Every the third Saturday of September, volunteers around the world rise up with the sun to head out to conduct a cleanup at shores and waterways with a difference – in this programme, they collect, categorise, record and remove trash, and have done so since 1986!
In Singapore, ICC Organisers have facilitated the contribution of thousands of volunteers to the International Coastal Cleanup program in Singapore since 1992. It is the 26th year of ICCS in 2017, and once again we welcome Organisers to lead volunteers to participate in this meaningful activity!
Dates and tides
Sites difficulty and recce reports can be reviewed at sites.coastalcleanupsingapore.org. Do review the evaluation of the site and examine photos and results from previous years to prepare yourself.
New Organisers can familiarise themselves with the operational needs of organising a cleanup at at the Organiser’s Page here.
Mark the dates – Sat 09 Sep 2017 (Mangroves) & Sat 23 Sep 2017 (Beaches)
The tidal heights in Singapore (Sembawang) are:
- Sat 09 2017: 0800 – 0.6m; 0900 – 1.0m
- Sat 23 Sep 2017: 0800 – 0.8m; 0900 – 1.2m
Mangrove and beach cleanups will be held two weeks apart to allow mangrove workers a wider area of access at their sites. Beach cleanups on the 9th of September should preferably begin by 8.00am as usual, for the tide rises to 2.5 meters by midday.
Registration – Organisers can now register your groups for participation in September’s data gathering cleanup. Indicate your preferred sites and dates at registration.coastalcleanupsingapore.org.
Site Allocations Exercise I – III
The ICCS team will conduct Site Allocations Exercises based on the Organiser’s experience with ICCS, earliness of registration, familiarity with the site, volunteer preparation, and site difficulty. The results of these exercises will be announced at early-May, end-May and end-June and listed at status.coastalcleanupsingapore.org.
Registration will be closed thereafter.
Workshops for Organisers in July
The workshop will conducted by the Zone Captains at NUS and are meant for Organisers and their assistants only. The workshop is critical for new organisers but also useful to veterans to participate and anyone who needs help in reviewing the site recce and safety assessment checklist.
There will be three small group evening sessions for you to chose from on Fri 7th July, Fri 14th July or Fri 21st July 2017. Simply indicate your intent during registration and we will confirm your attendance later. If July is inconvenient, indicate your available period and your Zone Captains will try to arrange a quick catchup session with you another time.
Year-round coastal cleanups (YRCC)
You can also organize cleanups at any other time of the year if you wish – numerous groups have been making a difference this way at non-recreational sites throughout the year. Please see Year-Round Coastal Cleanup guidelines, and contact us accordingly.
What about individual participation?
“Independents” are a highly valuable community of motivated individuals who sign up independently to participate in cleanups organised by ICCS. To be kept notified, join the mailing list by sending an empty email to firstname.lastname@example.org. This low volume list has less than 10 emails annually. Or keep a lookout for announcements of cleanups here.
Thank you for your interest in caring for the environment!
International Coastal Cleanup Singapore
Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum
& Department of Biological Sciences
National University of Singapore
The International Coastal Cleanup Singapore team met on the evening of 5th April 2017 at NUS DBS Life Sciences Lab 7 to discuss this year’s appointments and to confirm the 2017 calendar.
To catch the low tide, the main ICC cleanup dates are on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of September this year: Sat 09 Sep 2017 & Sat 23 Sep 2017. We will be confirming participation by last year’s Organisers this week and opening public registration by the end of the month.
The 2017 team thus far (pending confirmation of new recruits) are:
- Coordinator – N. Sivasothi
- Dy Coordinator (Data) – Airani S
- Dy Coordinator (Manpower) – Joleen Chan
- Zone Captain, North-West – Adriane Lee
- Zone Captain, North-East – Chua Siew Chin & Joys Tan
- Zone Captain, Pulau Ubin – Tan Chia Wu & Li Yufu
- Zone Captain, Changi & ECP – Airani S
- Zone Captain, Tanah Merah – Joleen Chan
- Zone Captain, South – Lim Cheng Puay
- Site Captain, NW – Germaine Leng
- Site Captain, NE – Ng Kai Scene
- Site Captain, Pulau Ubin – Teo Kah Ming
- Photo Captain – Kenneth Pinto
More news soon!
Join NUS Toddycats for the third year-round coastal cleanup at Lim Chu Kang. We are determined to clear this area of marine debris and plan to get muddy as we venture deeper into the mangrove this time. Working alongside us on the beach will be volunteers from NUS SAVE.
Transport is provided for 40 people (be sure to choose the right ticket), read all the details (itinerary, safety, site details) at the Eventbrite registration page.
Yale-NUS students invite us to come watch “Sorting It Out,” an undergraduate documentary about recycling which they made to attempt to answer some burning questions:
- What is recycling like in Yale-NUS and are they recycling enough?
- How about recycling in Singapore?
- Is recycling even as important as we imagine it to be?
- How important is sustainable waste management to the economy?
Watch the documentary for free on Thu 30 Mar 2017: 7.00pm @ Performance Hall, Yale-NUS. the documentary will be followed by a panel discussion with academics and environmentalists about sustainable waste management in Singapore and beyond. To fond out more and get your tickets, list the Eventbrite webpage here.
67 NUS Toddycats & Friends battled trash at Lim Chu Kang mangrove on Sat 4th Feb 2017 and removed 888kg of trash. Huat ah!
The scene at Lim Chu Kang beach during a recce on 14th January 2017 was really one we had expected. Despite six coastal cleanups between Feb – Sep last year, the inflow of trash from the Johor Straits is ceaseless, and high loads of trash wash in over the monsoon season.
The same grim sight greeted the advance party conducting the pre-cleanup recce on the morning of 4th of February 2017, as they checked for hornet nests (which would require the cleanup to be cancelled), mangrove pit vipers (which we would be careful to avoid disturbing), and crocodiles (which we would encourage either the crocodile or ourselves to leave the site).
There was enough of us and we worked hard and fast in that 90 minutes. The final “prosperity” figure of 888kg of trash was purely accidental, and I was actually hoping we’d clear at least one tonne of trash. A chain gang was organised and we transferred the trash out to the pre-arranged Trash Disposal Point. Later that day, an NEA contractor despatched by the Department of Public Cleanliness would remove the load and see to its disposal. Like most of our solid waste trash in Singapore, all of it is destined for the incinerator and its ash will be sent to the landfill at Pulau Semakau.
The 888kg amount made for a good byline later that day as a Straits Times reporter and photographer had accompanied us and posted reports the same day and on the next day, with video.
- “888kg of rubbish cleared during mangrove clean-up on 8th day of Chinese New Year,” by Zhaki Abdullah with video, and with photos by Alphonsus Chern. The Straits Times, 04 Feb 2017 [link] [video].
- “Almost 900kg of rubbish cleared from Lim Chu Kang mangrove,” by Zhaki Abdullah with photos by Alphonsus Chern. The Straits Times, 05 Feb 2017 [link]
There is still trash left behind and other Year-Round Coastal Cleanups will continue to whittle away the trash load surely and sensitively.
Photo album by Kenneth Pinto on Flickr. Thanks to NUS Toddycats Airani S, Ng Kai Scene, Joelle Lai, Adriane Lee, Yang Yi Yong, Ong Say Lin & Joleen Chan.
Organisers are welcome to organise cleanups at any time of the year besides the annual data-gathering International Coastal Cleanup Singapore in September. During these Year-Round Coastal Cleanups (YRCC), data cards are set aside but we record the number and weight of the black trash bags for an estimate of the trash load at these sites, which we report on this blog.
We do invite individual volunteers as participants to some of these Year Round Cleanups, and you can stay informed, either by signing up for our mailing list, or by following this blog, our twitter feed or Facebook page.
To find out more about the four types of beaches (Categories A to D) an Organiser can tackle on their own, please see “Suggestions for Year Round Coastal Cleanups”. The help is welcome indeed and we suggest Organisers maximise their efforts by conducting more than one cleanup per year.
Last year, 21 YRCCs were organised by various groups – and multiple cleanups were organised by Bukit Batok Secondary School, NUS Toddycats, NUS High, Mediacorp and Adrian Lim and Friends. The most euphoric of these was our annual National Day mangrove cleanup alongside out stalwart Independents and NUS Toddycats. We shifted the cleanup to the tough site of Lim Chu Kang East Mangrove for the first time and did a really great job!
Here’s is to more love for our mangroves, beaches and shores in 2017!
2016 Year Round Cleanups
- Wed 20 Jan 2016 – Pasir Ris 6 (PR6) by Bukit Batok Secondary School
- Sat 09 Jan 2016 – Sungei Pandan Mangrove (SP2) by NUS Bachelor of Environmental Studies Community Education/Engagement Branch (BES CEB)
- Sat 26 March 2016 – Singapore World Water Day Sungei Pandan Mangrove (SP2) cleanup by NUS Toddycats/ICCS & Independents [link]
- Sat 26 March 2016 – Singapore World Water Day Lim Chu Kang (LCK) cleanup by NUS College of Alice and Peter Tan
- Sun 08 May 2016 – Op (We) Lim Chu Kang mangrove (LCK) cleanup by NUS Toddycats/ICCS & Independents [link]
- Wed 11 May 2016 – Sungei Pandan Mangrove (SP2) by NUS High
- Fri 27 May 2016 – Coney Island Beach A by St. Andrew’s Junior School staff
- Mon 27 Jun 2016 – Lim Chu Kang (LCK) by Danone, Google & NUS Toddycats/ICCS
- Sat 04 Jun 2016 – World Environment Day cleanup @ Pasir Ris 6 (PR6) by Mediacorp [link]
- Fri 10 Jun 2016 – World Oceans Day cleanup @ Coney Island Beach A by L’Oréal Singapore
- Jul 2016 – Sungei Pandan Mangrove (SP2) by NUS High
- 16 Jul 2016 – Sungei Seletar (SS1) by Adrian Lim & Friends
- Sat 06 Aug 2016 – National Day Lim Chu Kang mangrove cleanup by NUS Toddycats/ICCS & Independents
- Sat 06 Aug 2016 – Pasir Ris 6 (PR6) by Bukit Batok Secondary School
- 11 Nov 2016 – Tanah Merah 5 (TM5) by Adrian Lim & Friends
- 12 Nov 2016 – Sungei Pandan Mangrove (SP2) by NUS High