Styrofoam dominates at Lim Chu Kang

Lim Chu Kang beach and mangroves were visited by a total of 69 participants from Coca Cola Singapore and Republic Polytechnic this morning. Participants worked from 9am to 10.30 a.m in a site dominated by styrofoam bits (1,419) and plastic bags (1,289) and there quite a number of large nets and ropes as well.

The odd items included a Snoopy toy, a dead rat and a bra. A dead flower crab and five dead horseshoe crabs were removed from the site. All in all 435.5 kg of trash was collected, categorised and weighed.

It was heartening to work alongside enthusiastic participants, especially since this is the first time Republic Polytechnic took part in ICCS. At the end of the cleanup, participants discussed cleanup results from last year and thought about what we could do at the individual, company and school levels, based on these data.  

There was a heart-stopping moment when we learnt that the bin at Lim Chu Kang road end was  privately-paid for. Negotiations were successful however, and grateful organisers left behind their cache of Coke Zero and mineral water. As we left, the scene at the jetty was one of coke-drinking uncles!

See all the photos from the Lim Chu Kang cleanup at http://flickr.com/photos/habitatnews/sets/72157607388657463/

Dewi Anggraini,
Site Captain, Lim Chu Kang mangrove,
North-West Zone,
International Coastal Cleanup Singapore

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The first Pandan Mangrove cleanup was a success!

Pandan Mangroves

The first Pandan mangroves was tackled by participants from first-time organisers Oil Spill Response and East Asia Response Limited (OSREARL) and Wild Life Reserves Singapore (WRS). Accompanied by Raffles Museum Toddycats from the National University of Singapore (NUS), the 53 volunteers collected and cleared a total of 1.37 tonnes of trash.

Gearing into action in the fresh morning air at 7.45am, the participants picked their way through the delicate terrain of mangrove saplings and breathing roots. The items that dominated the terrain were plastic bags (1,296), food wrappers (826) and beverage bottles (444). But there were some peculiar items found, and these included traffic barrier lights, half of a vacuum cleaner, a rice cooker, a wooden statue of smiling Buddha, a golf bag and a lot of plastic pipes.

The mangrove resident that attracted the most attention was a pair of horseshoe crabs that were found in the trash disposal path – too dangerous for the coupling pair so they were transported to the opposite bank where we had already finished cleaning.

Only a small part of the mangrove was cleared this first year in order to manage impact to the site. And in the areas we cleared, some things were left behind -the very heavy compressed gas cylinders and trash that were intertwined with the mangrove vegetation. One thing we could not bear to leave behind were a bunch of tyres we had observed during the recce. Just as we were relaxing after the cleanup, a chain-gang was initiated and 39 tyres were removed, which weighed an estimated 744kg (they must have weighed much more!) This would help reduce mosquito-dwelling freshwater at the site.

The decision to tackle Pandan Mangrove was made only two week earlier – however, last minute requests for trash disposal was met with very kindly by National Environment Agency and Sembenviro who sent a truck to collect the more than 100 bags of trash and the many bulky items left behind at that quiet bus stop along Jalan Buroh!

Kelly Ong,
West Zone Coordinator,
International Coastal Cleanup Singapore

The trash load from Pandan

39 Tyres Taken Out of Pandan Mangroves!

The 53 participants emerged out of Pandan Mangroves with 1.37 tonnes of trash that included 744kg of tyres (a very conservative estimate), about 1,300 plastic bags, 800 food wrappers and more than 400 plastic bottles! They had an early start at 7:45am, and so were the first to report their data, and now they have trooped off for lunch.
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