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North West Zone, Lim Chu Kang Beach [NW]

Recce conducted by Adriane Lee and Becky Lee

This recce was conducted on 7 March 2015 from 10:30 to 11:00 (time),
during a tide level of 2.2 metres

Location

Lim Chu Kang Beach is located in the Northwest of Singapore, next to Lim Chu Kang Jetty. It faces the Western Straits of Johor which see trash from numerous land-based sources deposited into rivers, as well as offshore fish farms. The mangrove is an area where trash accumulates which impacts the life there.

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

Figure 2: Map obtained from googlemaps showing both the Lim Chu Kang Jetty, and the cleanup site beside the jetty.

Accessibility of the site

  • Organisers are recommended to hire buses to bring participants to site
  • Buses will alight the participants at the end of Lim Chu Kang Road.
  • From the alighting point, it is a short walk to the cleanup site.
  • Public transport: Bus 925 can be taken to the bus stop at the end of Lim Chu Kang Road. Buses can be taken from the same bus stop to Phoenix LRT on the Bukit Panjang LRT Line.

Figure 3: The bus stop at the end of Lim Chu Kang Road - “Police Coast Guard” (CODE: 34009)

Figure 4: The list of stops that bus 975 stops at

Meeting Point and facilities

  • Meeting point: At the Northernmost end of Lim Chu Kang Road.
  • Parking spaces: Those driving can park their cars along LCK Rd, however there is limited space and therefore it is advised for participants to take transport provided by organizers (if there is).
  • Shelter: The bus stop will serve as the only sheltered structure in the case of bad weather.
  • Toilets: No designated toilets. Participants will have to visit the toilet before boarding the bus to the cleanup site.

Site description

  • The site is approximately 30 m long and 8 m wide.

Trash

  • Trash Load: High
  • Around 150 trash bags will be needed for this site

Figure 5: Trash mostly consists of styrofoam and plastic pieces

Figure 6: Extent of trash right next to the jetty.

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Figure 9: Plastic bags in between driftwood

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  • The Trash Collection Point (TCP) will be located next to the bus stop at the end of Lim Chu Kang Road.

Logistics and Manpower

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

  • The site can take approximately 100 people.
  • A human chain will be formed after the cleanup, to transport the trash from the cleanup site to Trash Collection Point (TCP).
  • Suitable for ages 14 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 33: 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 Hospitall.

Figure 34: Directions from end of Lim Chu Kang Road to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital

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