16 December 2008

S'pore Coastline Getting Dirtier

I woke up this morning and to my disppointment there was a newspaper article in The Straits Times about Singapore's coastline getting dirtier.  Apparently the coastal cleanup in September found 3,448 pieces of trash, which weighed 9,755kg in total!  The trash included 39 tyres, refrigerators, and the usual rubbish items.

Top 5 Rubbish Items:
1. styrofoam pieces
2. plastic bags
3. cigarette/cigarette filters
4. food containers/wrappers
5. straws/stirrers

Top 5 Dirtiest Beaches:
1. Lim Chu Kang
2. Kranji
3. Pulau Ubin
4. Changi
5. Sembawang

This article reminded me of the 2 big items I saw during our Sentosa Interdial Walk on 12 Dec 08.  

... a giantic tyre

... a beach chair
It seems that our efforts to advise the public on not throwing litter into the sea have made little progress.  I hope that with this post, some of you might change your habits and save marine life. At the same time, do help to spread the message around.

Registration for 2009 International Coastal Cleanup will open in Mar 09 at the website http://coastalcleanup.nus.edu.sg

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