Volunteers teamed-up to remove over 80,000 pieces of rubbish from the beaches of Auckland’s North Shore just one year after cleaning-up the same stretch of coast.
790 passionate volunteers and school students pitched in to pick-up litter from this iconic urban coastline in their ‘Love your Coast’ North Shore Clean-up over two weeks in late March and early April.
In all nearly 3 tonnes and 23,050 litres of rubbish – equivalent to around 100 full kerbside recycling bins — was removed from beaches from Greenhithe in the inner harbour through to Whangaparaoa.
With help from offenders through the Department of Corrections our team has spent the last couple of weeks sorting through all of the rubbish collected and compiling detailed results on what was found.
The findings are troubling.
Just one year after the same beaches were cleaned, nearly twice the pieces of litter were removed. This rapid build-up of rubbish indicates that our littering behaviour is worsening and highlights an urgent need for education and action to stop this flow at the source.
During the event we delivered educational presentations to over 3,000 students from 16 schools around the region. Students from Vauxhall School, Rosmini College, Torbay School and Mairangi Bay School were so inspired by the message that they headed straight out to clean up their local stretch of coastline afterwards.
Support for the event was strong from the business community too with local printers Benefitz once again getting behind the cause and groups from Lantern Insurance, Travel Corporation, James and Wells Intellectual Property, Sitka Surfboards, Auckland Council, APRA, AMCOS, Andrew Stewart Ltd, ANZ, Hilton Hotel, ASB Takapuna, Herald on Sunday and many others all rolling-up their sleeves to get involved in clean-ups. A special thanks to the Torbay Sailing Club for getting stuck-in with clean-ups and for kindly hosting us for a post-event BBQ.
Event Director Ryley Webster was very pleased with the turnout. “It is encouraging to see so many passionate people turning up to help out, a sign that kiwis really are keen to look after their coastlines,” he says. “A huge thank you to everyone who got involved.”
Full results can be downloaded and viewed here and a slideshow of event photos can be seen on the official event page here.