Kallang Basin photos from Waterways Watch Society

Photos of Compassvale Secondary and WWS in action; see the entire album at Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/habitatnews/sets/72157607388936471/

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Singapore Science Centre photos at Labrador Beach

The Singapore Science Center Photos are up on Flickr! See: http://www.flickr.com/photos/30732487@N08

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Fast Action at Punggol Beach!

This year, 240 enthuastic students from Sembawang Secondary School
tackled this man-made beach – they were so excited that they almost
forgot to record the data!

Armed with their own household plastic bags, they hunted high and low among the rocks to fill their bags.  At the end of the hour, they removed every plastic bag and bottles. And the main item of the 216kg worth of trash collected at Punggol this morning, styrofoam topped the list!

Thanks to Sembawang Secondary School. They came, collected and left a clean beach behind!

Lim Chen Kee
North East Zone Coordinator
International Coastal Cleanup Singapore

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Photos from Tampines District Scouts at Pasir Ris Beach

More photos from the Cuon Scouts (Greenview Secondary): http://picasaweb.google.com/cuonscout/2008ICCS

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Long intense hours for the Data Manager

The data has been streaming in from returning Site and Zone Captains since this morning, as well as emails from Organisers. The captains have been reporting in physically to the ICCS HQ at the Department of Biological Sciences's Life Sciences Lab 7 at the National University of Singapore – where pizza awaits the hungry souls. From 9.30am to 7pm (and counting) Data Manager Anand Ramchand has been preparing and processing data and this will continue in to the night. We've also been pushing photos up to the web and all agree that web2.0 has made life so much easier thiese days!

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56 car parts and more than 10,000 plastic bags at Kranji mangrove

The Kranji/Buloh mangrove cleanup 2008 was held at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve (SBWR). The 265 participants for the cleanup come from National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore American School (SAS), and Emaar International School (EIS).

3.4 tonnes of trash was categorised and collected during the two-hour long cleanup. The most common items collected were plastic bags (10,375), straws (3,222) and styrofoam pieces (2,492) food wrappers (1,778). Typically, Kranji mangroves turned up a car and a van bumper amongst the 56 car parts.

The enthusiastic Singapore American School ventured deeper into the mangroves to remove historical trash from the site. The trash bags loaded up  by the sites very quickly so our alert Trash Transfer Team activated immediately to start bringing the  heavy to the final Trash Collection Point.

The coordinators from the National University of Singapore  did a detailed job this year, allocating each of their many Site Buddies to pre-allocated groups of volunteers – whom they had called for a reminder about the meeting time in campus. The  highly motivated participants were a mix of staff and students from the very large campus, and they worked alongside for the first time.

The trash transfer to the final bin point this year secured the services of the Sungeo Buloh Wetlands Reserve's pickup as the reserve's traditional super-trolley finaly broke down!

We left with high spirits, happy once again that we had chipped away at the influx of marine trash that threatens our precious mangroves.

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Cheong Wei Siong & Wang Zhihong,
Site Coordinators, Buloh-Kranji mangrove,
North-West Zone,
International Coastal Cleanup Singapore

Styrofoam dominates at Lim Chu Kang

Lim Chu Kang beach and mangroves were visited by a total of 69 participants from Coca Cola Singapore and Republic Polytechnic this morning. Participants worked from 9am to 10.30 a.m in a site dominated by styrofoam bits (1,419) and plastic bags (1,289) and there quite a number of large nets and ropes as well.

The odd items included a Snoopy toy, a dead rat and a bra. A dead flower crab and five dead horseshoe crabs were removed from the site. All in all 435.5 kg of trash was collected, categorised and weighed.

It was heartening to work alongside enthusiastic participants, especially since this is the first time Republic Polytechnic took part in ICCS. At the end of the cleanup, participants discussed cleanup results from last year and thought about what we could do at the individual, company and school levels, based on these data.  

There was a heart-stopping moment when we learnt that the bin at Lim Chu Kang road end was  privately-paid for. Negotiations were successful however, and grateful organisers left behind their cache of Coke Zero and mineral water. As we left, the scene at the jetty was one of coke-drinking uncles!

See all the photos from the Lim Chu Kang cleanup at http://flickr.com/photos/habitatnews/sets/72157607388657463/

Dewi Anggraini,
Site Captain, Lim Chu Kang mangrove,
North-West Zone,
International Coastal Cleanup Singapore

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The first Pandan Mangrove cleanup was a success!

Pandan Mangroves

The first Pandan mangroves was tackled by participants from first-time organisers Oil Spill Response and East Asia Response Limited (OSREARL) and Wild Life Reserves Singapore (WRS). Accompanied by Raffles Museum Toddycats from the National University of Singapore (NUS), the 53 volunteers collected and cleared a total of 1.37 tonnes of trash.

Gearing into action in the fresh morning air at 7.45am, the participants picked their way through the delicate terrain of mangrove saplings and breathing roots. The items that dominated the terrain were plastic bags (1,296), food wrappers (826) and beverage bottles (444). But there were some peculiar items found, and these included traffic barrier lights, half of a vacuum cleaner, a rice cooker, a wooden statue of smiling Buddha, a golf bag and a lot of plastic pipes.

The mangrove resident that attracted the most attention was a pair of horseshoe crabs that were found in the trash disposal path – too dangerous for the coupling pair so they were transported to the opposite bank where we had already finished cleaning.

Only a small part of the mangrove was cleared this first year in order to manage impact to the site. And in the areas we cleared, some things were left behind -the very heavy compressed gas cylinders and trash that were intertwined with the mangrove vegetation. One thing we could not bear to leave behind were a bunch of tyres we had observed during the recce. Just as we were relaxing after the cleanup, a chain-gang was initiated and 39 tyres were removed, which weighed an estimated 744kg (they must have weighed much more!) This would help reduce mosquito-dwelling freshwater at the site.

The decision to tackle Pandan Mangrove was made only two week earlier – however, last minute requests for trash disposal was met with very kindly by National Environment Agency and Sembenviro who sent a truck to collect the more than 100 bags of trash and the many bulky items left behind at that quiet bus stop along Jalan Buroh!

Kelly Ong,
West Zone Coordinator,
International Coastal Cleanup Singapore

The trash load from Pandan