International Coastal Cleanup Singapore
Pointers for the Site Recce
A Site Recce is a critical part of an Organiser's coastal cleanup preparation as it ensures a safe and efficient cleanup.
  • ICCS Zone Captains examine sites during the first half of the year and advise Organisers about the sites at the ICCS Workshop.
  • Many things may have changed since our recce and thus Organisers MUST be familiar with their site and review site conditions before a cleanup.
  • You are encouraged to consult your Zone Captain for a discussion after you have conducted your Site Recce.
If you and your team are unable to conduct a Site Recce, you should not be organising a cleanup that year.

I - Preparations before the Site Recce

  1. Know your site
  2. Recce date - pick a date with the same tidal level as the date of the actual coastal cleanup. Refer to a tide table at one of these sources:
  3. Obtain a map of the area from one of these sources:
  4. Examine photos of coastal cleanups at these sites from previous years for an impression of the site. Search for your site name amongst these three collections you can consult:
    • ICCS - photos albums on Flickr
    • ICCS Recces - photo albums on Flickr
    • Year-Round Coastal Cleanups - photo albums on Flickr
  5. Read accounts of previous work at the site - search the ICCS News blog for reports from your site:
    • Use the search box on the top right of the page and enter your site name.
    • Select the category for your site name on the sidebar.
  6. What is the expected trash load? For an impression of the trash load and composition at your site, examine the results for your site from previous years. See ICCS > Results.

II - Observations at the site
  1. Mark on your map the following:
    • The nearest bus-stops, carparks/parking spaces (for the "how to get there?" section of your announcement).
    • Record the exact car park numbers and bus stops - these can be referenced on maps and at (has bus service details).
    • Place for vehicles to wait, or for a 44-seater bus to turn around if it a narrow road.
    • A Meeting Point (MP) - select an unmistakable landmark (take photo) - at this gathering point, you will take attendance, distribute equipment etc. Ensure it is convenient to find and comfortable to gather around. Be safe and considerate - do not get in the way of other users or too near a road with traffic.
    • The distance from the Meeting Point to the Cleanup Site - add this time to your itinerary.
    • Location of your Cleanup Site.
    • The Trash Collection Point(s) (TCP) - this may be your Weighing Point as well.
    • The Trash Disposal Point (TDP) - where NEA contractors will come to collect the accumulated trash after the cleanup.
  2. Take photos of the following:
    • A signboard map of the area if available (e.g. in parks); although available on the web it is a useful inclusion in the recce photo album
    • All the points - MP, TCP, TDP
    • Path to the cleanup site (if not a clearly marked trail).
    • Any potential safety issues.
    • The trash load on the beach.
  3. Observe:
    • Walk though in your mind, the cleanup procedure that day: the briefing and distribution of materials at the MP, walking to the site, weighing trash at TCPs, moving trash to the TDP, collating the data, etc.
    • Think about how many people can work the site - take into account data recorders, weighing I/Cs, loaders etc.
    • Decide if you need additional logistics, e.g. wheelbarrows to navigate a difficult route, trowels to dig out embedded nets, etc.
    • The Trash Collection Point is the site where all trash bags are brought to at the end of the event. This is a predetermined spot, so consult your Zone Captain about this.
  4. Safety Preparations:
    • Where is the nearest hospital?
    • How to get to that hospital in case of an emergency?
    • Does your safety driver know the route to the hospital? Are you able to direct a driver there?
    • What are typical traffic conditions enroute to the hospital and what is the fastest route?
    • Are you able to provide emergency services with clear directions to your site? You need to know your exact position, names of roads and various landmarks and be able to clearly direct them to your position to minimise delay. Imagine directing an ambulance driver with verbal directions and practise this!
    • What are potential(even if unlikely) safety threats in this site?
    • Envisage scenarios involving casualties from all of those safety threats.
    • What procedure would you adopt in the event of an accident due to any of those threats?

Recce reports are available at

International Coastal Cleanup Singapore
Pre-Cleanup Site Recce