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Coastal Cleanup


International Coastal Cleanup (ICC)

International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) is a global event initiated by Ocean Conservancy (OC) in 1986. Its aim is to engage citizens to remove trash and debris from beaches and waterways all around world, identify the sources of debris, and change the behavioural patterns that contribute to pollution.

International Coastal Cleanup, Singapore (ICCS)

Singapore began its coastal cleanup as part of the International Coastal Cleanup, Singapore (ICCS) in 1992, initiated by the Nature Society (Singapore). ICCS is now being coordinated by the Toddycats!. This is an annual international event held on the third Saturday of September in which volunteers are dispatched to the various beaches and mangroves around Singapore, both on mainland and offshore islands, to remove coastal debris. The trash collected will then be divided into several categories and the data will be part of an international effort to understand the type and quantity of coastal pollution at a global scale.

Since 1992, ICCS has had an average annual participation of 1,500 volunteers and average collection of 60,000 pieces of litter, making it one of Singapore’s largest environmental conservation programme.  Volunteers include schools, corporate groups, other government bodies and individuals. The extent and scope of the ICCS has also grown over the years, from starting out on the beaches of East Coast Park, Pasir Ris Park and Changi Beach, to pioneering mangrove cleanups in Mandai mangrove to comprehensive coverage of the island and an enhanced education programme about the marine environment.

Other Coastal Cleanup Programmes

Coastal cleanup can also be conducted by schools as part of the Coastal Clean-up (Seashore Life Programme) by the National Environment Agency (NEA). The programme aims to educate students on seashore life and its habitats, harmful effects of litter on seashore life, how to differentiate between litter and seashore items and what students can do to protect the natural ecosystem of the beaches.

Everybody's Part

Everybody can play their part in cleaning up the coastline by picking up litter along the beach. It is however, important to note what constitutes as litter, as there are many debris along the beach that is being used by the seashore life. The best way to keep the coastline clean is to not contribute to the pollution in the first place.

Other Resources

International Coastal Cleanup Singapore. 2012. International Coastal Cleanup Singapore. http://coastalcleanup.nus.edu.sg/aboutcleanup.html. (Accessed November 2012).

National Environment Agency. 2002. Seashore Life Programme. http://app2.nea.gov.sg/seashore.aspx. (Accessed November 2012).

Ocean Conservancy. 2012. Ocean Conservancy. www.oceanconservancy.org. (Accessed November 2012).

Raffles Museum Toddycats!. 2012. News from the International Coastal Cleanup Singapore. http://coastalcleanup.wordpress.com/. (Accessed November 2012).


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