This afternoon, Pei Yan and I decided to check out the stretch of Pasir Ris after Carpark E. Not surprisingly, we found a refrigerator, probably dumped here. The nearest thing on the seaward side are fish farms. There are also farms on land nearby.
International Coastal Cleanup Singapore is busy all across the island as thousands of volunteers gather data about the litter on our shores.
Pasir Ris Park beach proper is cleaned regularly. But where the park boundary ends, the trash begins because the area is not as regularly cleaned. Pei Yan's school was supposed to do this stretch for ICCS but at the last minute, her students couldn't make it. But we went anyway, to check out the situation. ICCS will do this beach in the coming weeks.
I did wonder whether the fish farms had anything to do with the poorer water quality.
the trash I saw there last month. Trash on our recreational beaches costs taxpayers $1.4m a year to clean up! Wouldn't it make more sense to prevent as much trash from being tossed into the sea in the first place? By providing fish farms with a reasonable and practical way to dispose of their trash responsibly.
Pei Yan and I also observed some mysterious goings on, which I've described in this separate post.