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Swarm of cleaners to hit region’s coastline

Dec 6th, 2010 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News, Uncategorized

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Photo: Mohammad Nazayer

ABOUT 2000 volunteers will be cleaning up Wellington’s coastline this week.

School students and community volunteers from Castlepoint in the east to Plimmerton in the west will take part in the Love Your Coast clean-up tomorrow as part of a nationwide project.

“There have been beach clean-ups before but nothing to this scale,” says project manager Anna Mathieson.

“The project’s aim is to create awareness of the connection between dropping rubbish in the street and making its way into the eco system, Anna says.

In Auckland today there is a clean-up on Rangitoto Island with 2000 volunteers cleaning up the beach, Christchurch is on Wednesday and the West Coast is Thursday.

Anna says most of the volunteers found out about the ‘Love your Coast’ project through word of mouth and community groups, and Facebook was also useful.
 
To be a team leader, people must register at the Love Your Coast website, and police checks have been part of the process.

She says people can just turn up on the day and collect rubbish sacks at the Bluebridge Ferry terminal.

There will be an after party for the volunteers and school children involved in the project in Hania St in Mt Victoria.

Samantha Ives, a regular volunteer says beach clean-ups are a great thing to do as a family.

“It teaches your children what happens when you litter.”

She says she has found all kinds of things like hundreds of lollipop sticks, nappies, bras, shoes and tools.

“It feels really good to give back to a beach that has given our family so much enjoyment.”

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