On 17 Jan 2015, SUTD Greenprint welcomed the start of the new year by conducting the 1st coastal cleanup activity under Year-Round Coastal Cleanup (YRCC), as part of the student’s month-long independent activity period. Nine undergraduate students, armed with gloves, trash bags and a passion to make a visible difference to the trash load at Sungei Pandan Mangrove gathered along Jalan Buroh.
The students expressed awe at the amount of common everyday objects which had collected in the mangroves since the last mangrove cleanup in Sept 2014. The trash load is much lighter now, after continuous effort by ICCS volunteers over many years.
Braving the heat, mud and an unexpected swarm of ants in a discarded scaffolding pole, the enthusiastic and energetic students relieved the mangrove of more than 28 kg of marine trash.