Year-Round Coastal Cleanups (YRCC) in Singapore

A coastal cleanup can be conducted at any time of the year.

Such a cleanup can be conducted at virtually any time by any group of any size, who organise themselves independently. These cleanup sessions are different from the International Coastal Cleanup in September in that they:

  1. do not require data collection,
  2. allows much greater flexibility with picking a date,
  3. there is no hurry to register several months in advance.

General advice for organising a cleanup

  1. Prepare yourself as an Organiser by reading the Organisers Page (ignore the ICCS data collection parts). Note that you will have to prepare your own gloves, trash bags, and tongs.
  2. Conduct a Site Recce – you need this for operational preparedness and to conduct a risk assessment. See these pointers for a site recce.
  3. Tide tables - check for high tides (for a scenic cleanup - the strand line is still exposed) or low tides (better for rigorous cleanups). You may refer to this tide table as reference.

There are four types of beaches/coastlines (categories A-D) you can tackle and they are listed below; in increasing order of difficulty.

Category A: Recreational beach (safe, easy, near recreational facilities, register with NEA or PHC; minimum two weeks notice required)

These beaches are cleaned once or twice daily but trash washes up daily. Some trash items are small and persistent like styrofoam bits and cigarette butts. A cleanup conducted at these sites are a good introductory eye opener to the issue of marine trash for participants. The sites listed below can take between 30 to over 200 volunteers.

Do register for your cleanup site one month in advance through the National Environment Agency (NEA) or Public Hygiene Council (PHC) who coordinate registration for independent beach cleanups at these four sites:

  1. Changi Beach
  2. East Coast Beach
  3. Pasir Ris Beach
  4. Sembawang Beach (small site)

The links to the NEA/PHC registration site are:

  • Corporate Groups [link]
  • Community Groups [link]
  • School Groups [link]

Although these are hospitable beaches, a recce is still important.

Feel free to refer to our recce reports to help you prepare for your recce.

  • Changi Beach at Car Parks 1 & 2 (= ICCS Changi Site 1) [link]
  • Changi Beach at Car Parks 3 & 5 (=Changi Beach Site 2) [link]
  • Changi Beach at Car Park 6 (=Changi Beach Site 3) [link]
  • Changi Beach at Car Park 7 (=Changi Beach Site 4) [link]
  • East Coast Beaches [link]
  • Pasir Ris Beach east of Car Park A (= ICCS Pasir Ris Beach Site 1) [link]
  • Pasir Ris Beach west of Car Park A (= ICCS Pasir Ris Beach Site 2) [link]
  • Sembawang Beach [link]

Category B: Non-recreational beach (requires recce, meaningful, sites are large; minimum six weeks notice)

These sites are State Land sites which are not used by the public and are usually out of sight and without public facilities. Infrequently cleared, the marine life there will benefit from a coastal cleanup. The sites can take between 40-120 volunteers but will require a lot more preparation. Note that:

  1. We will need to arrange for permission for access from Singapore Land Authority (SLA). Permission is required for recce too. We will apply to SLA for permission who will inform police.
  2. You will need to conduct a recce prior to the cleanup to be aware of safety procedures and plan your event.
  3. You will need to provide your own gloves and trash bags.
  4. We will answer your detailed queries (if any) after you have conducted a recce. You can arrange to meet at NUS for a consultation.

Site suggestions (check tide level for your preferred date):

  1. Pasir Ris Site 6 (tide level must be below 1.0m) - see ICCS recce report
  2. Lim Chu Kang beach (road end) - see ICCS recce report
  3. Tanah Merah 7 - see ICCS recce report 

Check tidal levels as you have to conduct the cleanup during a low tide. See Mobile Geographics: Sembawang Tides:

  1. Select the date of your cleanup. Dates near the full moon or new moon tend to be suitable.
  2. Examine the tide level - a low tide should be below 1.0m.
  3. Ensure the tide does not rise above 2.0 metres in two hours.

Category C: Pulau Ubin beaches (transport costly, meaningful, interesting location; minimum six weeks notice; work with NParks)

Pulau Ubin is a unique place to hold a cleanup and needs the help. It will require more preparation and will cost more for transport. The island is worth a post-cleanup tour and has a rustic atmosphere.

  1. Cost per head = $10 for two-way bum-boat from Changi Point Ferry Terminal ($6) and van transport on Ubin to the site and back ($4); prices may change, so do check.
  2. You will need to conduct a recce and provide your own gloves and trash bags.
  3. Please write to NParks and request a specific site or have them suggest as needed: email  NPARKS_MAILBOX@NPARKS.GOV.SG or visit their Contact Us page.
  4. We will answer your detailed queries (if any) after the recce.

Site suggestions:

  1. Ketam Beach - see ICCS recce report
  2. Sungei Ubin - see ICCS recce report
  3. Chek Jawa

Check tidal levels as you have to conduct the cleanup during a low tide. See Mobile Geographics: Sembawang Tides:

  1. Select the date of your cleanup. Dates near the full moon or new moon tend to be suitable.
  2. Examine the tide level - a low tide should be below 1.0m.
  3. Ensure the tide does not rise above 2.0 metres in two hours.

Category D: Mangrove (tough, eco warriors, lots of preparation, long-term commitment; minimum two months notice to help you get prepared and secure permissions)

Suitable for experienced or determined Organisers and the type of sites will depend on the skill, motivation, commitment and size of the group.  Small groups are most suitable for work on these sites as the habitat needs to be treated sensitively. Appropriate footwear required.

We will advise groups interested in pursuing mangrove cleanups for the long-term. Consultation will be available at NUS.

Some of these sites require that we arrange for permission for access from Singapore Land Authority (SLA). Permission is required for recce too. We will apply to SLA for permission who will inform police.

Site suggestions:

  1. Lim Chu Kang mangrove (requires permission by SLA/SPF and trash disposal by NEA DPC)
    - see
    ICCS recce report
  2. Lim Chu Kang East mangrove (requires permission by SLA/SPF and trash disposal by NEA DPC)
    - see
    ICCS recce report
  3. Sungei Pandan mangrove (medium)  (requires trash disposal by NEA DPC)
    - see
    ICCS recce report

Check tidal levels as you have to conduct the cleanup during a low tide. See Mobile Geographics: Sembawang Tides:

  1. Select the date of your cleanup. Dates near the full moon or new moon tend to be suitable.
  2. Examine the tide level - a low tide should be below 1.0m.
  3. Ensure the tide does not rise above 2.0 metres in two hours.

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N. Sivasothi

Coordinator, International Coastal Cleanup Singapore

c/o, Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

http://coastalcleanup.nus.edu.sg