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North West Zone, Lim Chu Kang East [LCKE]

Recce conducted by Adriane Lee and Becky Lee

This recce was conducted on 7 March 2015 from 8.00am to 9.00am,
during a tide level of 1.1 metres

Location

Lim Chu Kang East is a mangrove site, located in the Northwest of Singapore. The Cashin House, a place said to have once played host to teatimes for the Sultan of Johor, can be seen from the cleanup site.

Figure 1: Location of Lim Chu Kang East Mangrove on the map of Singapore

Accessibility of the site

  • Organisers are recommended to hire buses to bring participants to site
  • Buses will alight the participants outside the gate (refer to Figure 2) at the end of Lim Chu Kang Lane 9, and participants will have to walk to the cleanup site from there.

Figure 2: Participants will have to enter through this gate to get to the cleanup site

Figure 3: Participants will turn right upon reaching the end of the gravel road, and follow the distinct footpath.

Figure 4: A view from the footpath on the way to the cleanup site.

Figure 5: Upon seeing the State Property sign by SLA, turn left.

Figure 6: Upon turning left, participants will be greeted with this scene. They will have to make their way down from here

Figure 7: Photo from the front showing the entry way circled in red.

  • Participants need to watch their footing in this area, as there may be tiny potholes where one could lose their footing.

Meeting Point and facilities

  • Meeting point: At the end of Lim Chu Kang Lane 9.
  • Parking spaces: Those driving can park their cars along the road of LCK Lane 9, however there is limited space and therefore it is advised for participants to take transport provided by organizers (if there is).
  • Shelter: No shelter.
  • Toilets: No designated toilets.

Site description

  • The cleanup site is approximately 40m by 10m

Trash

  • Trash Load: Medium to High
  • Around 50 trash bags will be needed for this site.

Figure 8: Styrofoam dominates

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Figure 10: Plastic baskets and a large plastic container.

  • The Trash Collection Point (TCP) will be outside the gate along Lim Chu Kang Lane 9.

Figure 11: TCP no.1

Figure 12: TCP no. 2

Logistics and Manpower

  • Gloves, Clipboards and ICCS data cards, Tongs, Spring balances to weigh trash.
  • Wheelbarrows may be needed to transport trash to the TCP.
  • Cutters will be needed to remove fishing nets and lines.
  • First aid kit is necessary.

  • The site can take approximately 50 people, as the site is small.
  • A human chain will be required to be formed after the cleanup, to transport the trash up the slope.
  • Suitable for ages 16 and above.

Safety

  • Good gloves and covered shoes or booties required
  • Participants can apply repellent as there can be mosquitoes and sandflies present, but a better alternative would be to wear long-sleeve clothing.
  • Participants are advised not to open any bottles or drums found, instead, alert the organizer.
  • Participants should always ensure trash bags are only three-quarter full, to provide a grip to carry, prevent excessively heavy bags which volunteers may injure themselves with during transfer and to prevent tearing.
  • Glass pieces should be packed with extra padding, kept separate from the main trash and for large amounts, kept in separate canvas bags. Alert volunteers to be careful during transfer.  
  • Volunteers must be wearing gloves at all times when handling trash.

Figure 13: Sample of proper booties that can be bought at dive shops or beach road ‘Army market.’

  • In the case of an emergency, the nearest hospital is Khoo Teck Puat Hospital.

Figure 14: Directions from Lim Chu Kang Lane 9 to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital

  • Weather service information in case of the need to check for lightning: 6282 6821