Join us for a VERY tough cleanup? Sat 9th June 2018, the Sungei Mandai Kechil mangrove cleanup

Dear Friends,

Sungei Mandai Kechil mangrove is an important but unprotected mangrove forest in Singapore. Part of the Mandai Mangrove and Mudflats (MMM), this is a 15.4 hectare patch of mangrove swamp in the northwest of Singapore.

Midday of Sat 9 June 2018, with permission from SLA/PCG, the ICCS MMM team (Germaine, Adriane, Airani and Otterman) will be conducting a year-round coastal cleanup in the back mangrove there. We are calling out to experienced, hardy and dedicated coastal cleanups volunteers to join us on this mission!

Sungei Mandai Kechil mangrove trash

This site is difficult: we have to be very careful to prevent impact, and a lot of trash is trapped in the thorny and dense vegetation of the back mangrove. There may be snakes, hornets and glass pieces. We have to be well protected, very patient and tenacious!

Participants will work as a team to help with the safety, site allocation, site security and coordination of trash transfer.

You must have appropriate footwear to join us as your safety is important.
Details and registration here: http://tinyurl.com/mmm-09jun2018

All the best!

Cheerio!

Sivasothi


Coordinator,
International Coastal Cleanup Singapore
c/o Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum
& Department of Biological Sciences
National University of Singapore

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Celebrate Earth Day in Singapore by battling marine trash @ Lim Chu Kang East (Sun 22 Apr 2018: 7.30am – 12.00pm)

It’s Earth Day on Sunday 22nd April 2018, with a focus on the battle against plastic pollution. Join International Coastal Cleanup Singapore on a mangrove cleanup on Sunday, 22 April 2018: 7.30am to 12.00pm at Lim Chu Kang East [see site details here].

IMPORTANT: please read the advise to participants and safety guidelines here: http://coastalcleanup.nus.edu.sg/participants/

To join us, sign up on Eventbrite by Thu 19 Apr 2018 – be sure to indicate if you need transport by selecting the correct ticket type.16169774964_c2d8d74bb9_z

We will tackle marine trash at Lim Chu Kang EAST mangrove. This is a precious patch of wetland located in the northwest of Singapore, Lim Chu Kang’s non-recreational beach and mangrove is besieged by trash from numerous land-based sources deposited into the western Johor Straits, as well as from offshore fish farms.

Trash accumulates in this precious mangrove and we are determined to unburden this site to assist the health of the ecosystem there. The sensitive efforts of the past 22 years in the mangroves of Singapore have reduced the burden on these shores, and we will continue our efforts.

Around the world, coastal cleanups conducted by volunteers to unburden the ecosystem, raise awareness of the plight of our oceans, and motivate us to rethink our habits in daily urban living to promote sustainable practises. We have to bring about change, and let us motivate ourselves with an intimate experience with the problem.

Thanks for taking an interest to protect our environment!

Thanks to NParks, SLA, PCG and NEA for help with permissions and trash removal.

Event details

Meeting Point: Participants can meet at the bus stop outside Kranji MRT (Bus code: 45139) and will be transported to the cleanup site at Lim Chu Kang Lane 9 (park along the side of the road), or meet us at the venue itself – please choose the right ticket for transport.

Itinerary

  • 07.45am – Bus pick up at bus stop outside Kranji MRT (Bus code: 45139)
  • 08.15am – Bus arrives at the Lim Chu Kang Lane 9. Apply insect repellant, collect gloves and trash bags. Safety and procedure briefing.
  • 08.30am – Cleanup begins
  • 09.45am – End of cleanup; move trash bags to Trash Collection Points.
  • 10.00am – Trash is weighed and moved to the Trash Disposal Point outside gate at Lim Chu Kang Lane 9; debrief.
  • 10.15am – Participants clean up; there are no public amenities in this area and your legs must be clean to enter the bus. So bring some additional water.
  • 10.30am – Bus departs for Kranji MRT.

Things to note:

  1. Transport to Lim Chu Kang East (LCK Lane 9) for 40 volunteers are provided; and gloves, trash bags and weighing scales will be provided for all.
  2. You must wear hard-soled covered shoes or booties to to protect your feet from hazards, else you will not be allowed to work in the area.
  3. A change of clothes is recommended after a sweaty workout.
  4. You must be clean to enter the bus – bring a cloth and extra water to do this.
  5. Long pants are recommended to protect your legs from insect bites – there are plenty of mosquitoes.
  6. We will continue the cleanup in rain (bring rain gear) but cease if there is threat of lightning.

Things to bring:

  1. Water bottle (with at least one litre of water)
  2. Hat and/ or sun block
  3. Reusable raincoat / poncho (we will continue to work in light rain)
  4. Towel to wipe off sand and mud
  5. Change of clothes for public transport.

Be prepared:

  • Sleep early the night before
  • Have a decent breakfast – it’s hard work!
  • Be punctual – the bus is unable to wait for latecomers; and the tide waits for no one!
  • Refer to this recce report of Lim Chu Kang East mangrove [link].
  • Please read our advice to participants to prepare yourself for the cleanup!

Thank you for caring for our planet!

Sat 01 April 2017: 7.30am – Join us for a very muddy World Water Day mangrove cleanup @ Lim Chu Kang

Join NUS Toddycats for the third year-round coastal cleanup at Lim Chu Kang. We are determined to clear this area of marine debris and plan to get muddy as we venture deeper into the mangrove this time. Working alongside us on the beach will be volunteers from NUS SAVE.

Transport is provided for 40 people (be sure to choose the right ticket), read all the details (itinerary, safety, site details) at the Eventbrite registration page.

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888kg of marine trash removed from Lim Chu Kang during the Chinese New Year/World Wetlands Day coastal cleanup

67 NUS Toddycats & Friends battled trash at Lim Chu Kang mangrove on Sat 4th Feb 2017 and removed 888kg of trash. Huat ah!

The scene at Lim Chu Kang beach during a recce on 14th January 2017 was really one we had expected. Despite six coastal cleanups between Feb – Sep last year, the inflow of trash from the Johor Straits is ceaseless, and high loads of trash wash in over the monsoon season.

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The same grim sight greeted the advance party conducting the pre-cleanup recce on the morning of 4th of February 2017, as they checked for hornet nests (which would require the cleanup to be cancelled), mangrove pit vipers (which we would be careful to avoid disturbing), and crocodiles (which we would encourage either the crocodile or ourselves to leave the site).

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There was enough of us and we worked hard and fast in that 90 minutes. The final “prosperity” figure of 888kg of trash was purely accidental, and I was actually hoping we’d clear at least one tonne of trash. A chain gang was organised and we transferred the trash out to the pre-arranged Trash Disposal Point. Later that day, an NEA contractor despatched by the Department of Public Cleanliness would remove the load and see to its disposal. Like most of our solid waste trash in Singapore, all of it is destined for the incinerator and its ash will be sent to the landfill at Pulau Semakau.

The 888kg amount made for a good byline later that day as a Straits Times reporter and photographer had accompanied us and posted reports the same day and on the next day, with video.

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  • “888kg of rubbish cleared during mangrove clean-up on 8th day of Chinese New Year,” by Zhaki Abdullah with video, and with photos by Alphonsus Chern. The Straits Times, 04 Feb 2017 [link] [video].
  • “Almost 900kg of rubbish cleared from Lim Chu Kang mangrove,” by Zhaki Abdullah with photos by Alphonsus Chern. The Straits Times, 05 Feb 2017 [link]

There is still trash left behind and other Year-Round Coastal Cleanups will continue to whittle away the trash load surely and sensitively.

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Photo album by Kenneth Pinto on Flickr. Thanks to NUS Toddycats Airani S, Ng Kai Scene, Joelle Lai, Adriane Lee, Yang Yi Yong, Ong Say Lin & Joleen Chan.

Sat 04 Feb 2017: 7.45am – 11.00am @ Lim Chu Kang – Let’s throw out the trash this Chinese New Year

Help throw out the trash this Chinese New Year with a Coastal Cleanup @ Lim Chu Kang beach and mangrove on Saturday 4th Feb 2017: 7.45am – 11.00am. Join us in extending some tender loving care to one of our precious mangrove fragments in Singapore. But you will need to ready for hard work, properly fitted out and ready for action – this is not for the faint-hearted!

Transport will be provided from Kranji MRT.

Please sign up by Wed 1st Feb 2017.

For details, please head over to the Eventbrite Registration page. Do read the details about safety and preparation please.

Lim Chu Kang beach, Sat 14 Jan 2017

Sat 15 Oct 2016: Join NUS Toddycats and friends @ Sungei Mandai Kecil mangrove cleanup

Dear Friends,

Sungei Mandai Kecil mangrove is an important, and at present, an unprotected mangrove forest in Singapore. It is part of the Mandai Mangrove and Mudflat, a 15.4 hectare patch of mangrove swamp located along the northwestern coast of Singapore. Read more about it’s significance on the 2013 workshop storify here.

On Sat 15 October 2016, pending permission from SLA/PCG, NUS Toddycats and friends are conducting a coastal cleanup in the back mangrove there.

This site is difficult to work in because of the soft terrain. The main bulk of trash is trapped amidst the vegetation of the back mangrove which is dense and has many thorny plants and is hard to get to in the undergrowth. It will require a lot of patience to remove. Previous cleanups at Sungei Mandai Kecil were small and only conducted in 1997 and 2014. Large amounts of trash has accumulated since. We will work sensitively in small teams to protect the vegetation, seedlings and roots in order to prevent excess impact.

We are calling out to experienced and dedicated coastal cleanups volunteers to join us on this mission!
Saturday 15 October 2016: 8.00am – 11.00am
Meeting Point: The gate at the former Sungei Mandai Kecil road, off Woodlands Road

Getting there
Map: http://tinyurl.com/ICCS2016SMKmap
By bus: from Kranji MRT station, take buses 160, 170, 178 and alight opposite Chartered Semi-C Building (Bus stop ID: 460510).
Driving: There is no parking space so drivers please park at Woodlands Town Centre and walk 15 minutes to the meeting point.

Packing list

  • 1.5 litres of drinking water (minimum)
  • Wear hard-soled, high-cut booties.
  • Light pants and a light long sleeves top (arm coolers) will protect you from insect bites and scratches from vegetation.
  • Inset repellent
  • A cap and sunblock
  • Raincoat/poncho
  • Towel, to wipe clean
  • Additional water, to clean up with
  • A change of clothes – you will get muddy
  • Waterproof your belongings
  • Pack minimally

To join us, please register at: http://tinyurl.com/iccs-smk2016

Thank you for your interest in protecting the environment!

Cheerio!

Sivasothi

Pre-National Day mangrove cleanup @ LCK East – registration closes tomorrow

101 people have signed up to celebrate National Day in a meaningful way with the pre-National Day mangrove cleanup at Lim Chu Kang East. Registration closes tomorrow.

 

The happy news is that the mangrove at the original site has a very low load of trash after an earlier year-round coastal cleanup in late June. So we are tackling the adjacent area of Lim Chu Kang East mangrove (view the map). We began working at this site in 2011 (see photos here and the burden of trash there has been reduced considerably.

Still, the 100 of us will have our work cut out for us.

There will ICCS cleanups a month after this, at both LCK and LCKE mangroves. These sites are experiencing their best relief from macro-trash in recent decades, which has been carefully achieved at several sites now, to manage impact even as we remove marine trash. What a grand and gradual effort by volunteers over 20 years!

For this cleanup, we’ve conducted our recce, booked two 45-seater buses to fetch volunteers from Kranji MRT, prepared the stores, updated participants, sought permission from SPF via SLA, and informed NEA DPC to help with trash removal – they all replied very quickly, by the way. And we look forward to the company of people who are making an effort to celebrate National Day in a meaningful way!