International Coastal Cleanup, Singapore


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Welcome to the Organisers' Page

International Coastal Cleanup (ICCS) or Year-Round Coastal Cleanup (YRCC)?
The annual International Coastal Cleanup Singapore is conducted on third Saturday of September here and around the world. Organisers recruit volunteers who use the ICC Data Card to collect, categorise and dispose of marine trash and contribute to the international programme coordinated by the Ocean Conservancy.

At other times of the year, Organisers who conduct Year-Round Coastal Cleanups (YRCC) can opt not to use the ICCS Data Card and focus on the removal of trash.

What it takes
To organise a cleanup efficiently, meaningfully and safely, you need to invest sufficent time to think, plan and implement your programme carefully.

The resources here will support your operational needs and help initiate an educational component. As the organiser of a group, you can get started by taking these steps:

  1. It is critical to first read the Organiser's Guidelines (pdf) for a grasp of the operational aspects.
  2. When registration is open, register your organisation for a cleanup site.
  3. Conduct a preliminary site recce - this is important even at familiar sites as you will walk through the steps you will have to take on the event day.
  4. Attend the annual Organiser's Workshop in July - this session addresses operations, data and education.
  5. If you have a tough site, arrange for a joint site recce with your Zone or Site Captain.
  6. You are ready for a clear, educational and motivational briefing and prepared to manage your cleanup!
  7. Debrief your event to improve and upgrade a little each year. It gets easier!

Guidelines for Organisers
Please read this carefully before the discussion with your Zone Captain.

pdf version - link

Data Card and Submission Sheet
For Organisers to download in preparation of their cleanup event.

Data Card (ver. 2017)
- 1 card/@3 volunteers

Data Submission Form (ver. 2014)
(MS-Excel) LINK
- For submission

Presentation powerpoints
These are slides (ppts, pdfs), guidelines and short videos shared with Organisers during the ICCS Organisers Workshop 2019. LINK

  • Chapters 1 & 2: Marine life in Singapore & Impact of marine trash
  • Chapter 3: How to organise a coastal cleanup
  • Chapter 4: How to use the Data Card and submit data effectively
  • Chapter 5: What else can we do?
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Registration is only open in the second quarter of the year. As ICCS is a data snapshot around the 3rd Saturday of September, our small island actually has few sites! So we have a limited numer of sites and offer pre-registration to returning participants in recognition of the potential of long-term commitment.

A long-term commitment
ICCS Organisers should plan for a long-term commitment. After reflection each year and discussion with us, you can introduce gradual changes each year and build a programme with high operational efficiency with an adequate educational component. This also means your gloves will be well-used - they can last for years if kept well!

Develop an Education Programme
At its most basic excution, the ICC programme provides an experiential opportunity and a chance to think about our enviroment. However, a one-off cleanup is rarely sufficient to provide a comprehensive understanding of the issues nor lead to holistic action.

Since ICC actually links blue, green and brown issues, you can work towards a comprehensive programme with gradual steps each year. We provide a basic coverage in the organiser's briefing powerpoints on this page and there are more materials and links in the Resources page to support your efforts.

Year-round cleanups
Some Organisers choose to conduct cleanups at other periods of the year. For a list of cleanup types and how to register, see Year-Round Coastal Cleanups in Singapore.