Coca-Cola has sent a small but enthusiastic team to the International Coastal Cleanup Singapore for the past two years so this year we decided they were ideal for Lim Chu Kang mangroves! The photo albums are online at Flickr: Album 1, Album 2, Album 3 & Album 4.
Site Captain Dewi Anggraini reported (excerpt):
“The cleanup started at about 835 a.m. Participants were given mosquito repellent, t-shirts, tongs and safety boots (for the safety team), etc. They were enthusiastic about doing the cleanup. Initially, they were clearing the sandy area which has a very light load but eventually more teams moved towards the forested parts of the mangrove where the trash load is a lot higher. Some were very excited to find unexpected trash items like big containers, TV set, condoms, bra and big tyres!
At about 9.30 a.m. dark clouds gathered and gradually the wind got very strong, so we decided to ask participants to start moving out trash bags and bulky items to the to the Trash Loading Point (TLP). Near the TLP, two teams were formed to weigh the bagged trash using the weighing scales. Bulky items such as big containers and tyres were not weighed as they were too heavy to hook to the scales.
Another team consolidated the data cards. Instead of a calculator the additions were done by a person who was ‘supposedly good at maths’ :p”