Time for a clean-up in beautiful Clutha
Local officials and community leaders are encouraging Clutha residents to pick it up and ‘‘do the right thing’’ next week.
For seven days from Monday more than 40,000 people nationwide will be taking part in local public clean-up events in support of Keep New Zealand Beautiful (KNZB) Week.
South Otago residents have several options to do their bit, with a range of organised events paralleling individual initiatives.
A regular fixture on the cleanup calendar for the past seven years has been Kaka Point, overseen by local resident Lisa Biginato.
This year’s Kaka Pt Clean-up will start at the town’s seafront store on Sunday, September 17, from 2pm.
‘‘We’ll have bags, gloves and high-viz vests available to participants, so just bring your enthusiasm and a sharp pair of eyes,’’ Biginato said.
Past events had attracted as many as 15 people, with up to 40 bags of rubbish collected during the afternoon.
Although the occasional unusual item such as a bicycle had been discovered, sadly the majority of litter came in the shape of plastic bottles and bags, she said.
‘‘You just get sick of seeing rubbish along the road. It would be great if more people could take the care to dispose of rubbish at home, but for some the message never gets through.’’
However, Biginato was heartened by the number of children and parents who took part each year. ‘‘It’s lovely to see famil- ies getting out there together and helping,’’ she said.
Acting as a supply hub coordinator for the district is Clutha District Council waste minimisation officer Steve Clarke.
He said anyone could approach him for free bin bags and gloves, which he was distributing on behalf of KNZB.
Full bags could then be deposited at the Mt Cooee Landfill free of charge.
‘‘This is one of the biggest voluntary clean-up projects in New Zealand, and it’s great to see Clutha folk doing their bit.
‘‘We’re very well subscribed locally with business and community groups who are proud to do their part towards keeping Clutha beautiful, and we’d encourage others to step up and join in next week.’’
A full list of local events can be found at knzb.org.nz/event-cleanup-week-2017.