Kiwi woman col­lects 1,300kg of rub­bish off road­side

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

WELLING­TON: A New Zealand woman has de­clared her own per­sonal war on waste, col­lect­ing a whop­ping 1,300kg of rub­bish from the roads sur­round­ing her home so far this year.

Carol Lamb col­lects rub­bish as she trav­els around New Zealand’s North Is­land town of Taupo on her elec­tric bike. Since the end of Jan­uary she’s cov­ered 1,600km, pick­ing up rub­bish and tak­ing it home to weigh and record it.

Lamb posts pho­tos and details of her ex­ploits on her Face­book, record­ing a mass haul of 70kg of take­away and al­co­hol con­tain­ers af­ter an ex­pe­di­tion in Au­gust.

“It is just hor­ren­dous what these car lit­ter louts do, they just toss their stuff out the win­dow and it lit­ters our high­ways,” she said.

Lamb claims that although she has been pick­ing up rub­bish for a long time, the prob­lem has be­come worse re­cently.

“I de­cided in­stead of com­plain­ing, I would go out and do it.”

Lamb is cam­paign­ing for the in­tro­duc­tion of a na­tional TV cam­paign to raise aware­ness and de­ter lit­ter­bugs. She is also hop­ing her lo­cal coun­cil will agree to in­stall new anti-lit­ter­ing signs in the district.

The Taupo district coun­cil said the lit­ter prob­lem had in­creased over the last year, with around 1.8 tonnes of rub­bish now be­ing col­lected each week.

Spokesman Lisa Nairne told lo­cal web­site Stuff that the coun­cil was now work­ing with Lamb on the is­sue. – dpa

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