One dump at a time

The Tribune (NZ) - - FRONT PAGE - RICHARD MAYS

Tidy Ki­wis we don’t ap­pear to be.

Forty vol­un­teers turned up in the rain, some dressed as su­per­heroes, for the sec­ond leg of the Palmy Keep New Zealand Beau­ti­ful Week on Satur­day at the Hokowhitu La­goon.

Dur­ing the pre­vi­ous week, 32 lunch-hour lit­ter pick­ers had grabbed up 25 rub­bish sacks of trash from Palmer­ston North’s Ten­nent Dr be­tween Anzac Park and Mogine Hill. Sev­eral city coun­cil staff also con­trib­uted to that ex­er­cise, and helped dis­pose of the full rub­bish bags.

Both lit­ter blitzes were spear­headed by Fon­terra pack­ag­ing tech­nol­o­gist Tom Carr and Heather Knox of the Palmy Dirty Thirty.

Dubbed ’Cap­tain Planet’ for his clean up en­deav­ours while walk- ing to work along Sum­mer­hill Dr, Carr came armed with his own cus­tomised garbage grab­ber, as well as a cou­ple of dozen grab­bers sup­plied by Fon­terra for the other vol­un­teers to use.

‘‘They make it eas­ier on ev­ery­body’s backs,’’ he said.

‘‘The [col­lec­tors] who went up the hill past Massey didn’t get too far. They picked up so much rub­bish, they had to stop and bring their bags back,’’ Carr said.

Fon­terra col­league Barry Mabey said he picked up cans, dumped nap­pies, a 41⁄ litre oil con

2 tainer, plenty of fast-food wrap­pers and lots of cig­a­rette butts.

Knox said she was sur­prised at the amount of rub­bish col­lected dur­ing the two ses­sions.

‘‘On Satur­day, peo­ple com­mented on how many bread tags and bread bags were found around the la­goon. A shame as you’re not re­ally sup­posed to feed bread to the ducks.’’

Sim­i­lar to what was found at Anzac Park dur­ing the week, there were a lot of cig­a­rette butts, straws and gen­eral rub­bish.

Knox said quite a bit of the Anzac Park rub­bish was over the edge of the cliff and only needed a bit more wind or rain for it to end up in the river.

On Satur­day she said they found plenty of lit­ter scat­tered through the Es­planade.

‘‘There were bot­tles, cans, and crisp pack­ets in flower beds and along the bush tracks.’’

An hour of ‘‘se­ri­ous pick­ing’’ saw the lit­ter posse cram ev­ery­thing into seven bulging rub­bish bags.

Well not ev­ery­thing. The vol­un­teer who found the $20 more than likely took that home.

PHOTO: MUR­RAY WIL­SON/FAIR­FAX NZ

Julie Knighton and Leisel Coul­son from Fon­terra pick up road­side rub­bish along Ten­nent Drive.

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