Coun­try’s cleanup is in the bag

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

A lit­tle ef­fort can go a long way this Keep New Zealand Beau­ti­ful Week, char­i­ta­ble trust deputy chair­woman Spring Humphreys says.

Each year Auck­lan­ders get stuck in to help clean up their patch of the city.

The clean-up week runs from Sun­day to Septem­ber 21.

The so­ci­ety has been run­ning na­tion­wide pro­grammes in New Zealand for more than 20 years to min­imise waste, pro­mote re­cy­cling and pro­vide the re­sources needed for com­mu­nity groups, in­di­vid­u­als and busi­nesses to get in­volved.

Last year more than 40,000 vol­un­teers cleaned up 249 sites across the coun­try.

‘‘It just goes to show how far a lit­tle bit of com­mu­nity ef­fort can go to­wards cre­at­ing a great re­sult for ev­ery­one,’’ Ms Humphreys says.

‘‘The sense of com­mu­nity that’s cre­ated from the event is also re­ally strong.’’

Auck­lan­ders want­ing to pitch in can get in­volved in an or­gan­ised cleanup event in their area or or­gan­ise their own.

Vol­un­teers will be sent ev­ery­thing they need to carry out their cleanup, in­clud­ing bags, gloves, cer­tifi­cates for par­tic­i­pants, an eval­u­a­tion form and an event guide.

The Keep New Zealand Beau­ti­ful Con­fer­ence will have events run­ning from Septem­ber 20 to 22.

Big clean: Vol­un­teers will be get­ting their hands dirty clean­ing up Auck­land for Keep New Zealand Beau­ti­ful Week from Septem­ber 15 to 21.

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