Sembawang Beach & Selimang Beach Recce

I did a recce sometime back in June for Sembawang and Selimang Beach. As before, the trash load for both sites remained moderate, mainly due to recreational activities in the area.

It is, however, important to note that there is an increased amount of plastic sheets in Selimang. These plastic sheets are usually dumped by passing ships. I remembered Scomi Marine, last year participants at Selimang, took up most of their energy removing these thick and heavy plastic sheets which are embedded deep in the sand.

Hence, for this year at Selimang, the appropriate strategy for Thomson Reuters would be to conserve their energy by removing other trash first before getting the whole team together and work on these plastic sheets.

Sembawang beach would be managed by Yasim from Yio Chu Kang CC Youth Group whose team has been with ICCS for a many years since his days in NYP Geo Council while Selimang beach would be managed by Wong Ley Kun from Thomson Reuters.

Punggol recce on a wet Sunday morning

The day after the ICCS Site Buddy Briefing, Ng Kai Scene and I met up with the ICCS Organiser of Pei Hwa Secondary School, ONG Yong Hui, for a recce at their site at Punggol Beach on what was to be a wet morning.

At 8am At Punggol Road-end , the Police Coast Guard were sipping their kopi and reading the Sunday morning newspaper when we trudged in. The site had changed yet again! Different parts of the beach were cordoned off for construction work in support of Punggol but thankfully, our usual entry and exit points were unaffected.

The three of us strolled the entire stretch of the soggy beach while discussing operational matters, logistics, school work and kopi!

The trash load remains low, with a significant amount of plastic stuck in between the rocks. We noticed a fair bit of cigarette butts along the coastline. Yong Hui commented that Punggol beach is a much cleaner and safer site than Pulau Ubin, having been a participant there last year – which is good news for him as he leads a large group of students here this year.

We ended the recce about an hour later, drenched and I brought home a memento of out visit – a deep fingernail mark on my left hand, thanks to Kai Scene’s strong grip when we re-entered the site through a rocky entry point.

With the Organiser prepared, we now feel confident about the cleanup at Punggol Beach.