Weekly Report 18 November 2017

Dear Friends,

It was a busy week for WWS, with four WWE Learning Trails, one Assembly Talk, two school fairs attended and one Kayak CSR. Two Learning Trails were at Lorong Halus (Pratt & Whitney – sponsored) with Pasir Ris Primary School (30 pax) and Tao Nan School (31 pax) respectively, one Learning Trail was at Pang Sua Pond (NWCDC – sponsored) with CHIJ Our Lady Queen of Peace (OLQP) (16 pax) and another was at Punggol (Power Seraya – sponsored) with Pasir Ris Primary School (31 pax). The Assembly Talk (NWCDC – sponsored) was at West Spring Primary School (300 pax), while the two school fairs we attended were at Fernvale Primary School (Greenova Day –  we were one of the judging panel) and NUS (BES Project Fair). The Kayak CSR Patrol was done with Asahi Kasei (33 pax). Two of our members also attended the Clean & Green SG Launch & Carnival at NWCDC. Our CEO attended RLG’s 10th Anniversary and discussed possible 2018 partnerships.

We had our usual Weekend Patrols at Marina (Boat and Bike) and Sunday Patrol at Punggol (Bike). We had 18 pax on patrol this week at Kallang and Punggol including 6 new members. There were no official engagements for Anti-Littering this week, but we had at least 10 engaged for illegal fishing. No fines were issued for Littering during the weekend. The waters of the Marina were found to be quite affected by litter, possibly due to recent rainy weather and the after-effects of a recent Run events (see paragraph below).

There was a 2XU YOLO Run over the weekend along Marina – event and post event cleanliness and waste management can certainly be improved. Plastic cups and other run-related litter were strewn all over the event areas, and we saw for ourselves that wind was blowing some of it closer to the Marina waters. Some drink cans were also seen already in the waters. We urge the EO to do better next time, as the litter will affect the cleanliness of our source of freshwater, and the image portrayed of Singapore, especially around the touristy areas of Marina (see photos of litter). Signboards and excess mineral water 1.5litre bottles were left behind at water points even 5 days after the event.

More than 60% of the litter picked up/ observed during our patrols/ programmes over the week consisted of plastic waste.

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