On Sat 17 Sep 2016, more than half a million volunteers around the world will participate in the 31st International Coastal Cleanup! And as the sun rises over Singapore, some 3,500 volunteers from 80 organisations will hit the beaches and mangroves of Singapore in what will be our 25th year!
If you are not from an organisation or group but want to be part of the 25th ICC Singapore, look no further – join the NUS Toddycats & Independents team who will battle marine trash at Tanah Merah 7. We join five other organisations on that 900 metre long beach on Sat 17 Sep 2016: 8.00am – 11.00am.
Please sign up by 31st August 2016
Why Cleanup? In Singapore, our coastlines host a vast amount of biodiversity. Trash present in these areas can impact our wildlife adversely and devalue the natural beauty of the landscape. Volunteers in Singapore, like other concerned individuals around the world, conduct coastal cleanups to remove this trash, raise awareness about the impact of marine trash, and motivate us to adopt sustainable practises in daily urban living.
Tanah Merah Beach 7 is a state land located in the east of Singapore, next to the Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal (TMFT). This area is closed to members of the public and permission is needed for each access. The coastline of Tanah Merah 7 is alive with critters, big and small – read more about it here.
But amidst creatures lie heaps of plastic and styrofoam.
If you want to know more about what to expect on the day, see photos from ICCS 2014!
Come join us to make a difference on these shores!
- 7:30am – Meet at Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal Car Park D (take SBS bus no 35 from Tanah Merah MRT).
- 8.00am – Operational & Safety Briefing including wet weather plans (stop for lighting); identification of the Trash Disposal Point (TDP). Organise into groups of four participants, apply insect repellant, collect gloves and trash bags; walk to site.
- 8.15am – Cleanup begins @ TM7 Beach
- 8.30am – Trash movement to TCP by Weighing Teams begin
- 9.45am – Cleanup ends. Weigh trash, report data summary (under shade!); discussion/ reflection.
- 10.15am – Transportation of trash to TDP.
- 11.00am – Group photos at Car park D. Toilets are available at the Ferry Terminal building.
- 11.15am – Event ends
Things to note
- Gloves, trash bags and weighing scales are provided.
- You must wear hard-soled covered shoes or booties to to protect your feet from hazards. Without appropriate footwear, you will not be allowed on the site.
- A change of clothes is recommended after a sweaty workout.
- Long pants are recommended to protect your legs from insect bites, but bermudas are fine if you are tolerant or unaffected.
- If there is a drizzle, we will continue the cleanup with our wet weather gear. If there are strong winds or lightning threat, we will halt the event.
Things to bring:
- Water bottle (with at least one litre of water)
- Hat and/or sun block
- Reusable raincoat/poncho or umbrella
- Towel to wipe off sand and mud
- Sleep early the night before
- Have a decent breakfast – it’s a hard morning’s work!
- Be punctual – we are unable to wait for latecomers; the tide waits for no one!
- Refer to this recce report of TM7 for more information on the cleanup site.
- Please read our advice to participants to prepare yourself for the cleanup!
Thank you for caring for the environment!