Clean up the creekside – Sunday 16 Sept

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We decided to participate in the GJ Gardner Homes Clean Up Week by picking up rubbish in the small area of bush at the start of Woodside Road, Massey. Gloves and bags were provided and we had permission to take all of the rubbish to the Waitakere Refuse and Recycling Station. Seven volunteers (Nicole, Susan, Olga, Alix, Ivan, Lois and Jacqui) turned up this morning promptly at 10am and we managed to collect a whopping 280kg of rubbish!

10 bags were filled with general rubbish and 4 bags were recyclables. We also picked up a tyre, some kitchen cabinet doors (melamine), 2 packets of Noel Leeming leafletsĀ  as well as a few straws and soft drink containers with domed lids. There was a large quantity of treated wood and particle wood. This was really disappointing because someone had obviously been doing some renovating and just dumped the old wood into our small patch of reserve. This kind of thing doesn’t break down for a long time and also isn’t safe for our environment and our creek, the Lower Swanson Stream.

We took a break half-way through to enjoy some watermelon ice-blocks, thanks Ivan for cycling down to the dairy to get them and Olga for shouting them!

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