It’s not okay to dump rubbish
I want Whanganui to win the Most Beautiful City Award, and a trip to the 2018 Awards in Auckland this month gave me an insight into how we might achieve that.
The awards are not only about the beauty we create in our towns, but also about how well we care for our environment through sustainability and clean-ups, etc. We are already doing a lot, but we need to pull all our community efforts into one application and video and continue to look at new initiatives to make us beautiful on the surface and underneath!
I am thrilled to see so many exciting initiatives run by the community to keep Whanganui beautiful and better recycling efforts would help that. At present, probably less than a third of our recyclable waste is actually taken to the recycling centre. That’s a lot going to landfill or being dumped.
I was particularly shocked and outraged to see an inner city home dumping their renovation materials down their hill, in full view of their neighbours. My inquiries at council reveal this is not a breach of the law or any local bylaw, which I find incredible. It’s time that changed, in Whanganui and nationally. It is not acceptable to dump on your own property in this day and age when we understand the implications of that to our ground water, etc. In this case, the visual pollution so blatantly imposed on neighbours is even more abhorrent. Get real Whanganui.
A request to those who own empty properties around the town to also take some pride and clean up occasionally. Also pull those weeds outside your premises — it will only take a few minutes. It makes a huge difference to the feel and charm of our already gorgeous city.
■ I’ll be talking to council about how we might further an entry in the annual Awards and if you would like more information on this year’s winners, go to: https:/ /www.knzb.org.nz/ beautiful-awards-2018/