Tyres, trolleys and even false teeth
Tyres, shopping trolleys and false teeth were among the rubbish cleared from Porirua Harbour’s mudflats as part of a community-police led clean-up effort on December 4.
About 50 police staff and 200 Onslow College students worked on the city side of the harbour in a joint effort by police, Conservation Volunteers New Zealand, Takapuwahia Village Planning Group, and Porirua City Council to collect rubbish from the mudflats.
Starting early, the group spent two hours hauling out rubbish that had been dumped in the harbour.
A shopping trolley, two tyres and a big pile of rubbish was picked up, even including half a set of false teeth.
Kapiti Mana Police sergeant Jonathan Westrupp also got stuck in.
‘‘We had a great morning working with people from the community to help our harbour. It’s a beautiful spot, which makes it really worth the effort to help keep it that way,’’ Westrupp said.
‘‘We will need to come back in the new year with some better equipment to pull out the skip bin that’s stuck out on the mudflats.’’
The council supplied protective clothing and took away the rubbish.
Earlier this year, 59 tyres and 11 road cones were among the ‘‘mega litter’’ collected from Porirua Harbour by volunteers.
Porirua Harbour Strategy coordinator Keith Calder said the tyre situation was particularly unsettling and he was sure the tyres were being thrown into streams and the harbour because people could not be bothered paying the disposal fee at the landfill.
Calder said the 59 tyres brought out of the mud were fewer than the hundreds collected throughout 2009, but he was concerned many of the tyres were new.
Porirua City councillor Bronwyn Kropp, chairwoman of the joint harbour and catchment committee, said she had heard that people tipping out of their waka in the middle of the harbour were stepping on tyres.
Conservation Volunteers regional manager Ed Tregidga, senior sergeant Anita Dixon, council parks manager Olivia Dovey and Ngati Toa board member Evan Hippolite at the clean-up.