An amazing turnout of 656 volunteers repsenting 44 community groups filled 376 rubbish bags, picked up 267 large items too big for the bags from our rivers, estuary, beach and harbour. A total weight of 5kg's under 2 Tonnes!
WHAT CAN WE DO ALL YEAR ROUND? Join our 'HIGH FIVE, I can pick up FIVE" campaign. Check your gutters, local park or go for a walk along the road and collect just 5 pieces of litter! This will prevent it from entering the stormwater drains and eventually in our waterways. IMAGINE if only 5,000 residents would do this! It could mean 25,000 pieces of litter collected! BE sure to wear gloves, collect litter in a bag and dispose of in your red bin. WASH your hands afterwards. And if you want to collect more then FIVE? You are a HERO. O
This event is jointly organised by the Estuary Trust, the Avon/Otakaro River Network, the Opawaho/Heathcote Network, 'Healthy Harbours', Conservation Volunteers NZ, Cassells tannery, Sustainable Coastlines NZ and City Care.
The event is supported by Christchurch City Council, the RATA foundation and Environment Canterbury. The success of this annual event is thanks to all the fabulous caring and enthusiastic volunteers who turn out on the day for this messy task.
"Mother of all Clean ups" event Saturday, 8 May 2021 results;
On the 'eve of Mother's Day' 43 community groups (close to 1200 volunteers) plus 20 schools (nearly 1300 children) united to participate in the cleaning up of our river banks and estuary edge.
A total of 519 rubbish bags of carelessly discarded rubbish was collected amounting to 2.6 Tonnes in weight. PLUS 146 dog poo piles! Just over half the amount of rubbish was food and drink packaging!
Photo; top; Litter collection Linwood Ave cnr Humphreys Drive
Photo bottom; Eugene Sage joining Joy Talbot from Forest and Bird group and Cashmere Rotary members at Lower Heathcote river collecting rubbish.