Insights on Marine Trash in Singapore. This part of Punggol shore is probably cleaned regularly, so the trash is probably very recent.
Among the potential sources of marine litter in Singapore that Eugene outlined is: "Litter in the canals and drains leading to the sea". There was trash next to this freshwater outlet to the shore.
On shores which are not regularly cleaned, the trash buildup can be heartbreaking. Such as Chua Li San's recent finds during the annual clean up of Lim Chu Kang mangroves by International Coastal Cleanup Singapore.
Eugene has highlighted that among the "Key Barriers to Reducing Marine Trash in Singapore" is
a lack of government coordinated efforts and enforcement:
- Minimal efforts by the government agencies (NEA, NParks, AVA, MPA and PUB) in studying the sources, amount and type of marine trash (only ICCS is providing data)
- NEA is in-charge of clearing waste from public beaches, drains, waterways, and coastal parks, but there seems to be no government agency in-charge of working with the various agencies to set holistic policies to reduce marine trash
- Lack of proper waste disposal infrastructure for fish farms and enforcement regime
- Lack of enforcement on illegal waste discharge from ships
I totally agree! Marine trash has literally fallen between the cracks, and a Whole of Government approach is needed to resolve it.
Eugene adds: "Since NEA is already looking at littering, waste disposal and public cleanliness, we would recommend that NEA be the lead agency to study the problem of marine trash and work with the various agencies such as NParks, AVA, MPA and PUB to implement holistic policies to reduce marine trash. The lead agency would study the sources, amount and type of marine trash and work with existing groups such as International Coastal Cleanup Singapore (ICCS) and Waterways Watch Society (WWS)".
I whole heartedly support Eugene's "Proposed Action Plan to Reduce Marine Trash in Singapore"!
Read Eugene Tay's full "Proposed Action Plan to Reduce Marine Trash in Singapore".