Volunteers set for big clean-up

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The largest annual clean-up event in New Zealand kicks off on September 10, and volunteers in the Clutha District will be out doing their bit for recycling and rubbish removal.

The Keep New Zealand Beautiful network is running Clean Up Week from September 10 to 16, and 40,000 volunteers are taking part in more than 600 events nationwide.

Catlins Coast project co-ordinator Lisa Biginato said residents of Kaka Point will be holding their annual rubbish clean up on September 16.

Mrs Biginato said the plan is for volunteers to meet beside the Kaka Point shop at 2pm and work around the township and foreshore areas.

She expects to fill between 30 to 40 bags with a mixture of organic and non-organic waste, which in past has included lots of cans, bottles, bicycles, wheels and general rubbish.

Organisers provide registered events with some support material, including rubbish bags, recycling bags and latex gloves, while local councils help out with rubbish disposal and traffic safety information.

Clutha District Council waste minimisation officer Laura Gourley said the council was happy to accept waste as part of Clean Up Week, free of charge at the landfill and transfer stations.

However, participants needed to contact her regarding access and should register quickly if they wanted to use any of the limited number of re-usable sacks the council has on offer.

She said in recent years more than 750 volunteers from community groups, schools and the general public had taken part in the annual clean up.

“Council is always supportive of any individuals or groups who want to take part and in the past they have collected bags and bags of rubbish,” Mrs Gourley said.

She advised any group wanting to clean up along district roads to seek council help in preparing traffic management plans.