Re­cy­cle bins be­come dumping grounds

Auckland City Harbour News - - OUT & ABOUT - JAMES PASLEY

Over­flow­ing re­cy­cling bins are be­com­ing a dumping ground for un­wanted goods across cen­tral Auck­land.

Point Che­va­lier res­i­dent Ta­nia Sunde, a chil­dren’s art teacher, lives near One Two Six Church’s cloth­ing bin.

She said the bin gets mis­used all the time.

Over Wai­tangi week­end she woke to see more dumped around the cloth­ing bin than she had seen in the 20 years she’s lived there.

A few weeks be­fore that she watched a woman leave three full suit­cases be­side the bin.

Sunde said she did not want chil­dren get­ting the wrong idea about dumping.

’’Kids are walk­ing to school ev­ery morn­ing and the school bus drives past it too and when kids see that they think it’s an ac­cept­able thing to do.’’

Sunde took mat­ters into her own hands by doc­u­ment­ing and post­ing pho­tos of the dumped goods on neigh­bourly.co.nz to high­light the is­sue.

One Two Six Church leader Bruce Ed­monds said it was a com­mon is­sue and peo­ple needed to take re­spon­si­bil­ity.

‘‘Dur­ing the day they don’t dump, they only do it at night or in the early morn­ing,’’ Ed­monds said.

‘‘Re­gard­less it’s good for peo­ple to be able to bring their clothes here and as neigh­bours we need to look out for one an­other.’’

And the is­sue isn’t spe­cific to Point Che­va­lier. On neigh­bourly.co.nz res­i­dents across Auck­land have re­ported the same is­sue.

Rhonda Poching from Mount Al­bert said there used to be a cloth­ing bin ad­ja­cent to Owairaka pri­mary school.

The bin had since been re­moved but rub­bish was still be­ing dumped there. build­ing up around them, some­times peo­ple feel des­per­ate and re­sort to clan­des­tine rub­bish dumping, sim­ply be­cause they feel they have no other way to deal with it.’’

South­side Re­cy­cling Cen­tre, which owns the bin across from Sunde, did not wish to com­ment.

JAMES PASLEY/FAIRFAX NZ

Ta­nia Sunde is try­ing to stop dumping in Point Che­va­lier so it isn’t seen as nor­mal by kids.

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