One dump at a time
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.
Julie Knighton and Leisel Coulson from Fonterra pick up roadside rubbish along Tennent Drive.