I have not done a coastal cleanup in ages — since 2005 to be exact. But this year, after joining ICCS Otters, I have been anticipating the coastal cleanups. And today (6 August 2011), 64 awesome Singaporeans/residents of Singapore headed down to Lim Chu Kang mangroves to do celebrate National Day by doing a cleanup!
I met the majority of the volunteers at the bus stop outside Clementi Bus Interchange in the morning to be picked up by the bus. Then we proceeded over to Lim Chu Kang East Road to meet the rest who were coming from NUS or from their homes.
We got ourselves equipped with gloves and a trash bag, then gathered around Siva to be briefed.
After a short introduction to Lim Chu Kang mangroves, the importance of doing cleanup and our mangroves, there was also a safety briefing. Then we got started!
There were all sorts of trash on the shore: usual suspects of plastic bags, plastic straws, styrofoam bits, plastic cups, but also strange things like armchairs, plastic chairs, tyres, random slippers etc.
After more than an hour of hard but satisfying work, we started moving all the trash we had collected out to the road for the NEA trash collectors to dispose of properly.
Excuse the misty photo, there was no fog at Lim Chu Kang, merely my camera lens getting fogged up
At the end of the conveyor belt was the weighing station. We weighed all the bags of trash we had.
Once we were done with the weighing, we gathered on the now-clean beach for a group shot. Siva also took some time to talk about the mangrove at Lim Chu Kang.
In the end, after much calculation by Jessica, we had removed 1187.5kg of trash! Excluding bulky items that were difficult to weigh. Really impressive and awesome (:
We took a group photo and wished Singapore a Happy Birthday! Then we cleared the area and went back to civilisation.
Back at NUS, we washed the gloves (I learnt a new way of washing many dirty gloves) and left them to sun.
Then we went to Lab 7. The bones and skulls and stuff were out! So we had a short discussion on the animal bones, guessing what was what and stuff. Really cool.
After that we had Spizza and gelato (:
It was a good cleanup. People ought to do cleanups at least once in their lives. Then they’ll know why they shouldn’t litter.