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.

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