More litter bins may be answer
A LITTER-strewn stretch of road irking inner-city residents is cleaning up its act.
Union St had become a dumping ground for litterbugs but has undergone a major cleanup after the Auckland City Harbour News brought it to the attention of the New Zealand Transport Agency.
Freemans Bay resident Carolyn Walker is fed up with the area being a dump site for litter and is delighted to see the street cleaned up.
She walks along the street regularly on her way home from work.
‘‘It’s massive littering – you don’t really find piles and piles of rubbish like that anywhere else.
‘‘Particularly in surrounding areas like Freemans Bay.
‘‘It’s pretty revolting honest.’’
The street could be found littered with old pillowcases, takeaway wrappers, plastic, cans and alcohol bottles, she says.
Walker is dismayed by the lack of rubbish bins along the street.
Auckland Council has responsibility for litter within the road corridor in Union St but the area behind the fence running along the edge of the footpath is
be administered by the NZTA.
Auckland Council solid waste manager Ian Stupple says it will carry out litter audits in this area to determine the level of traffic and appropriate solutions to the problem.
This may include installing litter bins or increasing the frequency of litter patrols, he says.
NZTA’s Auckland and Northland highway manager Brett Gliddon says the area behind the fence has not had regular litter removal in the past.
‘‘Given the recent incident, the Auckland Motorway Alliance will be working collaboratively with the Auckland Council to develop a rubbish removal programme for the area,’’ he says.
‘‘This will involve visiting the site once or twice a week to complete maintenance duties and remove litter.’’
Auckland CBD Residents Advisory Group chairman Tim Coffey says he would like to see more litter bins installed around problem areas in the central city.
‘‘Particularly somewhere Union St.
‘‘It is getting more foot-traffic because more people live there but
like it’s a bit off the beaten path as far as it’s not Queen St,’’ he says.
‘‘That area will become more intensified – all the more reason to have more litter bins.’’
But Coffey says much of the problem lies with people not taking pride in urban environments.
‘‘Some people seem to think it’s their god-given right just to drop litter on the street, even if there is a litter bin 30 feet away, believe me I’ve watched it,’’ he says.
‘‘You can give a parking ticket because you haven’t got a vehicle registration but it’s hard to give a litter infringement to a person.’’