Just under 320kg of rubbish was collected from Waimea Estuary last weekend, much of it plastic and polystyrene.

It was part of a nationwide effort co-ordinated by the Green Party, with the estuary clean-up starting near The Honest Lawyer in Monaco and working its way towards Richmond.

Around 100 people took part, which the Green’s Nelson spoke-person, Matt Lawrey, says was a great turnout.
One thing that did concern him was the number of cigarette butts picked up in the Whakatu Drive area, some of them near bush.

“It appears that, despite the extreme fire hazard, people are still chucking butts out of the car window, which is horrifying

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“Overall, though, it was a really positive exercise and a great example of the community coming together for the environment.”

One of those taking part at the estuary was Green Party co-leader and Climate Change Minister James Shaw.
James says it is up to everyone – the government, businesses and the community – to protect the oceans from rubbish.

“We’re busy in government tackling our mounting waste problem at the source, but right now there’s too much waste choking our sea life which we need to work together to clean up.”

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