Manawatu Guardian - - FRONT PAGE - By MERANIA KARAURIA

Karen Iversen is on a Zero Waste jour­ney.

She said the jour­ney started a year ago and af­ter at­tend­ing a Palmy Plas­tic Pol­lu­tion work­shop she looked at their busi­ness, Smith and Sons Ren­o­va­tions and Ex­ten­sions at how they could minimise their waste ma­te­ri­als.

It was also at the PPP that Iversen met Siob­han Karaitiana who has been ob­serv­ing/mon­i­tor­ing the lo­cal streams over the past few years.

Karaitiana, who works on Hei Manga Oranga Project through Te Ao Turoa, the environmen­tal ad­vi­sory office of Ta­nenuiarang­i Manawatu¯ , has worked out that Te Kawau Stream that runs through High­bury col­lects the most rub­bish.

She said the HMO Project was part of the Palmy Plas­tic Pol­lu­tion Chal­lenge which cleared 3000 pieces of rub­bish from streams in Palmer­ston North.

The two women are now work­ing to­gether to clean Te Kawau Stream.

“We’re go­ing to bring down our staff to sweep the stream and we’re ask­ing the pub­lic if they would like to come down and give us a hand,” says Iversen.

Karaitiana will be man­ag­ing the health and safety on the clean-up day, Novem­ber 19.

Both women agreed that to be suc­cess­ful in th­ese clean-up days re­quires buy-in from the com­mu­nity.

Mean­while Iversen said Smith and Son’s waste will be re­lo­cat­ing to larger premises on Arm­strong St where they will be set­ting up waste min­imi­sa­tion and re­cy­cling sta­tions for de­mo­li­tion ma­te­ri­als.

“We will have free un­treated tim­ber and ma­te­ri­als for the pub­lic to help them­selves.

“We have also con­nected with Re­claimed Tim­ber Traders who find cre­ative ways to re­use treated tim­ber.”

Iversen said waste min­imi­sa­tion in the con­struc­tion in­dus­try was a huge chal­lenge but they were be­ing cre­ative in their ap­proach.

She is putting out the chal­lenge to other city busi­nesses to join the waste min­imi­sa­tion move­ment.

“We would like to see clean­ing Te Kawau Stream as a reg­u­lar event, and we are also in­ter­ested in help­ing with lo­cal na­tive plant­ing ses­sions too.

Iversen added there will be a sausage siz­zle for those who come to help.

If you would like to help with Te Kawau Stream cleanup. Meet at the bridge on High­bury Ave near the High­bury shops at 8.30am, Novem­ber 19.

Karen Iversen and Siob­han Karaitiana are call­ing for help to clear rub­bish out of Te Kawau Stream on Novem­ber 19.

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