Rub­bish­dumped in re­serve

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - KATARINA WIL­LIAMS

The dis­cov­ery of an un­of­fi­cial rub­bish dump at the bot­tom of a bank has ap­palled Porirua res­i­dents.

Paula Mac Ewan posted a video of the mess on the city’s closed Face­book page on Wed­nes­day morn­ing. ’’It’s like, lit­er­ally, some­one has moved out of a home and thrown it down a bank,’’ she said.

A sofa bed, a scooter, a bed base, bunk beds and nu­mer­ous items of cloth­ing were among the ob­jects tossed away, down an al­ley­way off Bed­ford St.

She was baf­fled to find pre­paid Porirua City Coun­cil rub­bish bags among the mess – which would have been taken away and dis­posed of by rub­bish col­lec­tors.

‘‘This is re­ally a re­flec­tion of the peo­ple ... it’s our back­yard and we need to look af­ter our land.

‘‘I can’t un­der­stand the men­tal­ity around throw­ing a pre-paid rub­bish bag full of rub­bish down a bank when they could’ve walked the op­po­site way and back to the street.’’

The video she filmed at­tracted more than 100 replies, with many peo­ple de­scrib­ing the scene as dis- gust­ing and dis­grace­ful.

One sug­gested the rub­bish should be sorted through to find any names on let­ters or pre­scrip­tion bot­tles, so the peo­ple named could be pros­e­cuted.

Mac Ewan, who runs the Can­nons Creek koha shed, be­lieved that much of the cloth­ing could have been re­cy­cled or given to char­ity, rather than sim­ply throw­ing them away.

It is un­der­stood the rub­bish has been there for sev­eral weeks.

Since the video was posted, Porirua City Coun­cil has asked con­trac­tors to clean up the site.

PHOTO: CAMERON BUR­NELL/FAIR­FAX NZ

Rub­bish dumped in a re­serve in Can­non’s Creek.

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