In Singapore, our coastlines host a vast amount of biodiversity. Marine 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 clean-ups to remove this trash, raise awareness about the impact of marine trash, and motivate us to adopt sustainable practices in our daily urban lives.
Where is Tanah Merah Beach 7?
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. Trashes come exclusively from sea with the tides.
Why Record Data?
Throughout the year several actions are done to collect and record the trashes reaching Singapore coasts. Cleaning is not the only target of those actions, we aim to create awareness, record data and perform analysis from one year to another and throughout a year. The French Chamber in Singapore partnered with International Coastal Cleanup Singapore and after the clean-up, we handed over data of the marine trash collected, and together with other information they have recorded, they will be able to analyse trends and work towards protecting the environment better.
How did we do?
As with last year, 400 participants from 40 companies came together to collect a total of ~2.1 tonnes (2,100kg) of marine trash. It was a great occasion for companies to show their determination to act as responsible corporate citizens and make a positive impact on the environment in Singapore, contribute to saving marine and coastal wildlife in Singapore and champion environmental awareness locally.
A breakdown of marine trash collected
Most unusual items collected: pipe, cardboard, toilet seat, charger, fluorescent tube, broomstick, plastic hose, ceramic bowl, rice bag, lego, TV, trompette, big canva, carpet, metal scrap, oil drum!
A great CSR Day 2018 with the French Chamber business community!
We would like to make a special note of thanks to Danone and Decathlon for the beach master and Wise Team support, and certainly to all the participants for their enthusiasm and great contribution!