More than 1,500kg of trash cleared at Kranji East mangrove – data, blog posts and photo albums from ICCS 2013

The Kranji East mangrove cleanup was a motivating effort with many determined people coming together to do their bit for nature. Almost 150 people responded to the call and cleared more than 1,500kg of trash from this shoreline.

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The event generated quite a number of blog posts, which is simply lovely!

  • Joelle Lai’s pictorial, Raffles Museum News/Toddycats, 24 Sep 2013
  • Toddycat Jocelyne Sze’s busy day! Nature Rambles, 23 Sep 2013
  • Clarence the Independent joined us! klairens, 21 Sep 2013
  • Toddycat Germaine’s muddy blog! The Living Fossil, 22 Sep 2013.
  • Pearlynn’s cigarette lighter reflections! Reflections on Nature, 21 Sep 2013
  • Liyana’s fourth coastal cleanup! Caryota Confessionals, 21 Sep 2013

And there are photo albums too:

  • Photo Album 1 – link
  • Photo Album 2 – link
  • Photo Album 3 – link

Calling Independents – battle marine trash at Kranji East mangrove with us!

On Sat 21 Sep 2013, more than three thousand volunteers will head to shoreline led by their Organisers to battle marine trash. Zone Captains will work with them at various sites around Singapore.

What will people without an Organisation to follow do? Well, we call you “Independents” – people without a group who are motivated enough to come down do your bit for the planet.

Well this year, you can join us in the North West of Singapore, where we will are assembling a team to tackle a very tough site this year – Kranji East mangrove.

This is a tough site for a few reasons:

  1. The trash load is high
  2. There are lots of heavy, bulky items.
  3. We have to carry all that trash up a slope.
  4. We have then have to move the load to the Trash Dispoal Point.

Several groups will be on hand that day:

  1. “Independents”
  2. FMC Technologies Singapore
  3. North Vista Secondary ODAC
  4. Jurong Secondary School
  5. NUS Biodiversity Crew
  6. Raffles Museum Toddycats

It is important that you do the following:

  1. Read the Advise to Participants on the ICCS Webpage first.
  2. Then sign up at

We need as many experienced and dependable hands as possible at this site, so do join us!


Sivasothi aka Otterman
International Coastal Cleanup Singapore,

Not all trash at Kranji East mangrove!



Safer access to Kranji East mangrove through Central Granite Industries

As the date for the ICCS approaches, its time for reminders and tying up of loose ends by the volunteer Zone Captains – everyone has a day job and then attends to ICCS matters at night. And the tempo steps up even as our Organisers realise it IS September already!

The North-West Zone has been unusually busy this year as we had to relocate our regular organisations from their familiar Kranji Mangrove to new sites at Lim Chu Kang East, Sungei Buloh West and Kranji East mangroves.

Kranji East mangrove has a LOT of trash and which will be tackled by some 150-200 volunteers from the Singapore American School celebrating their 20th year in the ICCS with newbies Transport Hub West.

Well one of those reminders just popped up in my calendar and after a brief consultation with Deputy Zone Captain Jessica Ker, I emailed Central Granite Industries Pte Ltd to remind them about the access they very kindly granted us through their site in June after we dropped in to chat and followed up with emails.

A Google Calendar appointment I had set reminded me to write, and Jessica and I went over the details again via Google + Hangout (which North-East Zone Captain Kai Scene briefly joined in as well).

There was no confusion about what we were talking about as links to Google Maps’ street views were clear as day! The eventual email I sent included the map below – thanks to Google Map and Skitch!

This generous shortcut is excellent – it allows volunteers to setup the Trash Disposal Point inside the premises, close to the mangrove. The accumulated trash will not have to be transferred to Kranji Way as the NEA contractor can now drive in to pick up the expected one tonne of trash.

Thanks Central Granite Industries!

SAS celebrates 20 years of ICCS by tackling a new site: Kranji East Mangrove

This year will be the 20th for the International Coastal Cleanup Singapore and fittingly, 20-year stalwart Singapore American School will not be resting on their laurels, but tackling a new site which promises a heavy load. Their site for the past decade at Kranji Mangrove along Kranji Nature Trail will be inaccessible in September to undergo works under the Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve masterplan.

As we reviewed the north-west shore last year, a candidate site for SAS was the Kranji East Mangrove, just east of the lip of the Kranji Reservoir. It is a tiny but picturesque pocket, with piles of trash lingering along the high water strand line, largely out of sight and waiting all these years for some hardy souls to tackle the problem.

Runkeeper plot of the recce this morning

Kranji East Mangrove

Gunung Pulai towers over Sungei Skudai River in the distance

There is an old tradition of allocating SAS students from the Middle and High Schools the toughest sites in the ICCS which require sensitive hands and careful data collation. This site fit the bill and it took us just a few minutes to decide that there was enough at the site to keep the expected 100-150 students from SAS busy in September.

The few of us on the morning recce were Organisers/Site Captains from the Singapore American School, Martha Began and Steve Early, Recce Captain Andy Dinesh and Deputy North-West Zone Captain Lee Bee Yan. The third SAS Organiser and founder of ICCS, Kate Thome was unfortunately called away so will visit the site later.

Dinesh, Martha, Bee Yan and Steve making their way into the site

Later in May and June, the north-west zone coordination team will map the site in detail and divide it up into sectors, identify an assembly area, insertion points to reduce trampling, evaluate the trash load and type to ensure volunteers in each sector are safely prepared and prepare a safety plan and update logistic requirements (gunny sacks for glass) – amongst other things.

We will ask NEA for support for bulk trash removal and get permission from the industry nearby to get permission to access the plot through their backyard – no more crawling past concertina wire each time we visit! SAS will revisit the site with us in May when the detailed recce is done and we will brief Sector Leaders in August before operations commence in September.

Once September’s cleanup is done and the procedure validated, we are likely to open the site to year-round, small-scale cleanups. A slow and steady approach is adopted with all mangrove sites to minimise impact and after several years, the difference will be apparent.

Part of the trash line; it’s worse in some parts!

Ria Tan, after one of her inter-tidal patrols, highlighted the problem of this site on just recently on Wild Shores Singapore. More than half of her post was devoted to the sight of the trash. The accumulations over years is considerable.

We have so very few precious pockets of mangrove and we’d like to subject each to some tender loving care. And what better way for SAS to celebrate 20 years of the ICCS than to lift the curse marine debris in Kranji East Mangrove.

Some TLC is in order for Kranji East Mangrove