Spending a day at the beach meant something different for the Corning Singapore team, as employees participated in a beach cleanup, helping to collect 411 kg (906 lbs) of rubbish.
The Green Up! Earth Day event in Singapore’s Yishun Dam area was coordinated by Green Nudge, a nonprofit organization aiming to change attitudes toward recycling by working with eco-conscious companies and community partners to create a positive impact to the local environmental landscape.
“Corning was very enthusiastic in collecting marine debris throughout the entire duration of the cleanup and we are very appreciative of their help in helping to clean up Yishun Dam,” said Huanzhang Yu of Green Nudge.
Equipped with hats, sunscreen, sunglasses, insect repellent, and bin bags, event participants split into four groups for a friendly competition to restore cleanliness to a coastal beach area impacted by tidal waste. Wearing gloves and using tongs, each group competed to pick up the most amount of rubbish washed up on the beach to win a biodegradable bamboo toothbrush prize.
The team was amazed by the variety of man-made trash, including pails, toys, glass bottles, cosmetics, helmets, shoes, and a dizzying number of plastic bags and bottles. Despite the heat and mugginess of the day, the groups filled rubbish bags weighing in at 411 kg (906 lbs), or 11 kg (24 lbs) per person.
“For a small country like Singapore that does not have its own natural resources, we do not take clean water for granted,” said CT Ho, general manager of Corning South East Asia. “I’m happy that we can do our part to ensure its cleanliness.”