The ICCS Flickr Photo Album Index, 2005-2014

Since 2005, all the photos taken during ICCS workshops, recces and during the cleanup have been uploaded to Habitatnews’ Flickr albums

These photos have been contributed by Zone and Site Captains, Organisational representatives and Volunteers appointed to document ICCS with photos. The large collection has become unwieldy to sort through.

we use the photos to provide first time Organisers with an idea of the site they will work on, the terrain, trash load and site details. The photos also can be indicative of tide levels on a specific date and time, providing an estimate of the optimal tidal height for a cleanup to proceed. A collection of photos from the same site provides a visual indication of trash load changes at a site. 

Photos are also important for outreach and awareness, for sharing on social media or insertion into slide talks, to stimulate an interest in protecting our environment.

So now, I am happy to present this ICCS Flickr Photo Album Index has been compiled! [link].

Photos are indexed based on site, year and the event type (e.g. recces, ICCS, National Day Coastal Cleanup) as well as the Organisation and Participants. The link provided for each album is clicked to provide the Flickr Album.

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A big thank you to all the ICCS Zone/Site Captains, Site Buddies and Organisers who have taken and contributed photos over a decade!

Germaine Leng
ICCS Intern, 2014

Toddycats & Independents clear 526 kg of marine trash from Tanah Merah 7 [13 Sep 2014]!

On 13th Sep 2014, NUS Toddycats of the Lee Kong chain Natural History Museum and come valiant Independents conducted a coastal cleanup as part of the International Coastal Cleanup Singapore. At the eastern-most end of Tanah Merah 7 beach, 39 volunteers relieved the shore of 526 kg of trash, and then moved all of that to the trash disposal point 800m away! We are thankful to the enthusiastic volunteers who completed the task so efficiently!

In this site not all the trash could be cleared – the ICC provides data to develop a profile of trash on the beach to help formulate policies about managing the source of the problem. The cleanup also reminds volunteers about the amount and source of the trash. It was heartening to hear a volunteer declare that she would think twice about using styrofoam containers in future!

Thank you for your help and we hope to see you again next year!

Browse through photos taken by Kenneth Pinto here and do share the photos to help raise awareness!

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Successful National Day Mangrove Cleanup at Lim Chu Kang Mangrove!

On 9th August 2014, a group of volunteers celebrated National Day in a meaningful way — by battling marine trash at Lim Chu Kang Mangrove. 83 volunteers showed up and cleared 1.135 tonnes of trash. This is the seventh year we have conducted the cleanup in celebration of National Day.

Our volunteers worked sensitively and cleared trash both from the sandbank as well as from the mangrove. It was a pleasure to work with highly motivated individuals and we completed the clean up ahead of time at 10.30am. Once again, thank you for your lovely camaraderie on National Day, we hope to see you again next year!

See more photos of the National Day cleanup on Flickr by Kenneth Pinto, Chester Low and Fung Tze Kwan.

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Independents battle marine trash with Toddycats at Tanah Merah 7 for ICCS [Sat 13 Sep 2014]

On Sat 13 September 2014, close to four thousand volunteers from 60 organisations will head to the shorelines of Singapore to battle marine trash. Our Zone Captains have been working tirelessly with these organisations and we are looking forward to ICCS!

Where do individual volunteers without an organisation do? They can register to help as “Independents”- the term we use for people motivated enough to join the coastal cleanup on their own.

You can join us by registering here by Wednesday, 10 September 2014!

This year they will be joining Toddycats at Tanah Merah Beach 7 where a 800m beach with lots of plastic trash awaits us!

The Toddycats & Independents team have been dispatched to Tanah Merah 7 this year because it is a tough site with lots of plastic trash scattered all along the 800m shore – and we have to transfer all the trash which we and others collect to the Trash Disposal Site at the Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal. The route to the beach will be down the side of a concrete bund so will all have to careful not to slip!

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Several groups will be on hand that day as well:

  1. Hougang Secondary School
  2. Jurong Secondary School
  3. National Environment Agency
  4. Toddycats
  5. Starbucks
  6. ITE College East

We need experienced and dependable hands at this site so do join us and do the following if you are interested to help out:

  1. Read the advise to Particpants on the ICCS Webpage.
  2. Fill in the registration form at tinyurl.com/iccs2014-tm7
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As this site is controlled by the police and access is restricted, we require you to provide us with your identification number and document type – we will erase this information on the day of the event. Please note only registered participants will be allowed to take part in the cleanup.

Thank you for your interest in protecting the environment and we hope to see you on the beach!