19 August 2013
We want a nation inspired to Keep New Zealand Beautiful! So every year, Keep New Zealand Beautiful provides the resources needed for community groups, schools individuals and businesses to get out in their communities and clean up their patch in time for summer.
Projects range from picking up litter in parks, sports fields, streets and roadsides, cleaning out local waterways, scrubbing off graffiti, and mural painting.
It’s one of the largest nationwide community events held in New Zealand. In 2012 a total of 249 sites were registered for clean-up with more than 40,000 volunteers participating in the collection of litter – a big step towards keeping New Zealand beautiful.
In Central Otago the Keep Alexandra Clyde Beautiful (KACB) group and the Central Otago District Council (CODC) team up each year to promote the week in our community. Last year we had 22 preschools, schools, businesses, service groups and groups of neighbours. The Dunstan Educare in Alexandra made it fun and educational and called their clean up ‘Educare Explorers Extinguishing Rubbish’.
This year’s Keep New Zealand Beautiful Week runs from the 15-21 September and it’s easy to get involved. Groups and individuals can join an organised Clean Up Event registered in their area, or set up their own event and register it on the Keep New Zealand Beautiful website www.knzbcleanupweek.co.nz.
Once an event is registered KNZB sends the organisers everything they need to do their clean up including collection bags for recycling and rubbish, gloves, certificates for participants, evaluation forms and an Event Guide can be downloaded with heaps of information about how to conduct a clean-up, and health and safety/first aid information in the registration process.
Those who don’t have access to the internet or who would like help in registering their Clean Up Event can contact KNZB Week Local Coordinator Sue O’Brien on (03) 448 6126 or 021 244 9379. Sue can also help if groups don’t have a project site in mind.
Central Otago District Council (CODC) will pay the costs at the transfer station to landfill any items that can’t be recycled, so it is really important to separate recyclables from items to be landfilled. Recyclables include clean materials such as drink cans and bottles, glass bottles, cardboard and paper. Chip packets, food items and dirty recyclables are non-recyclable and will have to go to landfill. For more information on separating the recyclables from litter and to receive a chit for the transfer station please contact Bernie Scurr on firstname.lastname@example.org or (03) 440 0623.
Already groups that have participated in previous years have started registering. The 3rd Annual Community Clean Up of Lake Dunstan lake edge is planned for Saturday 21 September at 9am, meeting at Alpha Street Reserve, Cromwell.
For more details on Keep New Zealand Week and a full list of registered events in the region and around the rest of the country visit www.knzbcleanupweek.co.nz.