Porirua council doing a ‘rubbish’ job
Aotea resident Nicky McGuire thinks Porirua City Council is not doing enough to keep the streets clear of rubbish.
It was her daughter, Tara, who alerted her to the problem, during a walk around Aotea Lagoon.
‘‘She climbed up a tree and said ‘Mum, look at all the rubbish!’’’
Motivated by Tara, the family now take regular walks to pick up litter that collects in the gutters around their street.
Considering the high rates Porirua residents pay, McGuire believed the council should be doing more.
‘‘The rates I pay would cover the wage for someone to pick up rubbish around the city, or for some new bins.’’
McGuire and her daughters have previously collected three full bags of rubbish on their five minute walk down Francis Brown Ave, passing no public bins.
She said the council should not be ignoring the issue and would like to see some acknowledgment of Porirua’s rubbish problem.
She also noted that the rubbish was there well before the recent flooding.
Council parks manager Olivia Dovey agreed that rubbish was a problem in some areas, was an unnecessary cost on ratepayers and contributed to pollution.
‘‘Although keeping rubbish off the streets is everyone’s responsibility, there are places in Porirua where rubbish can be a problem at times.
‘‘The council has a street cleaning team who have the job of collecting litter in the city centre and urban areas and parks, including managing public litter bins.’’
She said there were no plans to install any more public bins at this stage.
‘‘We have found that people likely to litter are not likely to use a public bin.’’
Talks about rubbish come after ongoing efforts by volunteers to clear Aotea Lagoon of algae and garbage, led by local man Matt Pollock.
City residents banded together to clean the water after Pollock posted on Facebook to say he was upset at the state the lagoon had fallen into.
‘‘Considering we live in Porirua, a city surrounded by water, I think we all need to be more careful,’’ McGuire said.
People wanting to report rubbish dumping or littering can phone the council on 04 237 5089 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nicky McGuire with her daughters Tara, left, and Sinead.