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/
Site Captain, Lim Chu Kang mangrove,
International Coastal Cleanup Singapore