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Clean Up With Help From Conservation Volunteers & Vic Uni

October 30, 2018

Image: From left, Pat Wall, Kathryn Wright, Geoff Bennet and Jomar Ybanez 

 

On Friday the 26th of October, we went out to scout the banks on either side of state highway 1 in search of rubbish. 

 

It was a big under taking as in our last clean up we were limited to a smaller geographical area, due to less man power, but this time we had help!

 

This time, we were joined by some members of Conservation Volunteers of New Zealand, and some students from Victoria University of Wellington

 

Image: Conservation Volunteers of New Zealand

 

Image: Energy TS CEO Geoff Bennett giving a briefing to the Victoria University of Wellington students.

 

Armed with gloves and plenty of bags, we made our way along the edges of the paths surrounding the motorway and collected 60 bags of rubbish! (or about 1.5 tonnes)

 

 Image: 60 bags of recyclables and waste

 

It was quite a shock to see how much trash was hidden amongst the grasses and in between the bushes by the highway. 

 

We collected countless bottles, cans and plastic wrappers that had seemed to be primarily discarded by pedestrians walking on the footpaths surrounding the motorway.