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  wild programme: International Coastal Cleanup Singapore

Here's your chance to make a BIG difference! Instantly!

Angeline and fellow volunteers are organising this year's Mangrove ICCS on 18 Sep (Sat)

NOT just about picking up litter
The ICCS project is NOT just about picking up litter. Detailed data is also tabulated on the debris collected; every straw, cigarette butt is counted and weighed. This data provides solid information to raise awareness on marine debris issues. As well as to encourage positive change in individual behaviour and government policy.

What does the data tell us?
It can hint at the scale of the problem: More than 54,000 items of litter weighing more than 700kg were collected from less than 25% of our shoreline in a single day in 2001. Preliminary and conservative estimates suggest almost eight million pieces of marine trash weighing more than 1,000 tonnes may be washing up on our shores each year.

It can hint at the source of the problem: the combined data suggests that for Singapore, more than 60% of this trash is coming from shoreline activities. No, it doesn't wash up from litter tossed in Africa :-)

It can hint at the solution: The solution points to the average Singaporean and begins with personal initiatives. In 2001, the top 6 most numerous items collected were: cigarette butts, foam pieces, plastic bags, straws, plastic pieces and bottles.

Are you a sucker? People who participate in an ICCS generally never again use drinking straws (after age 4 most of us should no longer need to suck our drinks).

Support for broader solutions: Currently, more than 70 countries participate in the International Coastal Cleanup, submitting detailed country reports to the Ocean Conservancy, USA, a marine conservation group. With international data sets stretching back 14 years, they are able to make representation to the United Nations about the global problem, and to push for laws and enforcement against dumping trash in the ocean.

More details about the ICCS data collected for 2003

How does
marine litter hurt?

Killer Litter:
Besides being unsightly, litter actually kills. Turtles and whales eat jellyfish and often mistake plastic bags and party balloons floating in the water for these titbits. Similarly, plastic bottles are mistaken for cuttlefish, and plastic bits are mistakenly eaten by sea birds. Such a diet can kill these creatures. Drifting rope, fishing lines and disused nets strangle and kill sea birds, turtles and fish.

Meticulous data is recorded
upon collection

All data is compiled and
collated in the field

It is a huge job!

But that doesn't mean
we can't have fun doing it :-)

Photos by Kelvin Lim
Taken from the ICCS website
  Make your difference to marine litter...
To join this year's ICCS on 18 Sep (Sat), email Angeline at angeline@sivasothi.com

Besides helping out on ICCS day itself, the organisers also
need volunteers to give school talks prior to the event.

More details...

For more about Angeline
International Coastal Cleanup Singapore website has lots of details and links to more articles and information about ICCS and its impact on controlling marine debris.

Results for 2004 cleanup on the ICCS website

For more on what you can do to make a difference for nature

Posted by zonda Posted on 08/08/04 00:33
Hmm ... I always knew about killer litter but never really thought too much about it! Thanks for showing to us how serious this problem is! Great job in helping our precious and delicate environment! :)

Posted by otterman Posted on 09/08/04 21:58
Congratulations to Angeline Tay and her Toddycats team for taking over the International Coastal Cleanup Singapore in 2004!

Posted by bluebabe Posted on 10/08/04 14:43
Bring along your own shopping bags! We really use too many plastic bags for our own good.

Posted by overwriter Posted on 11/08/04 16:10
Its amazing how many people do not read the sign on their way down to Labrador Beach! Is Labrador on the cleanup list for the ICC this year? There was quite a bit to cleanup when I was there last Tuesday morning.

Posted by Ria Posted on 11/08/04 17:19
In fact they probably DO read the sign but probably choose not to understand it. Apparently the two guys who came to remove corals said they thought the sign meant they could not remove crabs and shells only as there was no picture of corals in the sign....sigh. Not sure about ICCS and Labrador, will check it up for you yah. Will we see you for Park Watch? :-)

Posted by Ria Posted on 12/08/04 16:17
Dear overwriter, I've done a check and it appears that students on the seashore life programme regularly take care of the Labrador beach so there is actually very little litter there. I must agree. I've seen places where litter is NEVER removed and the litter can be metres high. But thanks for the question, very timely and now I also know the answer :-)

Posted by cleverbest Posted on 11/08/04 14:50
see singaporeans can care the environment too@ YES everyone YOU AND ME!

Posted by greenEd Posted on 15/08/04 17:42
ICCS coming soon & I'm glad to know not only it has sustained all these years but has also GROWN! thank you to the dedicated many! Kudos to all!

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