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Palmy taking part in global litter pick-up

Wednesday September 12 2018

A global clean-up event that aims to have five per cent of the world population out picking up litter is calling for Palmerston North people to get involved.

Photo shows group of people in hi-vis jackets cleaning up rubbish on the riverbank.

Council staff taking part in a previous year's riverside cleanup.

Palmerston North City Council is supporting Manawatū River Source to Sea and Environment Network Manawatū on World Cleanup Day, Saturday 15 September.

Happening in 150 countries, World Cleanup Day is an opportunity for communities to work together on local anti-litter projects that protect wildlife and waterways.

Volunteer registration for Palmerston North’s contribution is from 1.30pm in the Paneiri Park car park at the end of Maxwells Line, with the clean-up taking place at Jumps Park between 2 – 5pm.

Volunteers will be briefed at the car park before being shuttled to the clean-up site.

“People may be unsure how they can help protect our wildlife and clean-up our waterways,” says Ray Swadel, PNCC Acting Chief Infrastructure Officer.

“Something as simple as picking up litter has an immediate positive effect on the environment. The clean-up will help keep plastic and other pollutants out of our waterways.”

Council staff will be on hand with shelter, litter pick-up sticks, water, and transport to shuttle volunteers from the meeting point to the clean-up location below Jumps Park.

They’ll also remove any recovered recycling for processing, and dispose of non-recyclable rubbish.

Manawatū River Source to Sea has registered the clean-up event with Keep New Zealand Beautiful, which will provide bags and gloves for volunteers. Thick or leather gardening gloves are recommended to cope with blackberry bushes.

Sturdy footwear should be worn and under-18s will need to be supervised due to the proximity of deep water.

Details of other public clean-up events taking place across the city and in other parts of the country are on the Keep New Zealand Beautiful website.