12 February 2011
Yesterday, our volunteers rolled up their sleeves to combat the growing tide of rubbish in the inner-city suburb of Herne Bay, Auckland.
"Sadly rubbish is polluting our oceans and killing the animals we love. It's a massive problem, but at least it's a problem we can all do something about. Cleanups are a great way for us to connect people with each other and the community and encourage others to do the right thing", says Project Jonah CEO, Kimberly Muncaster.
Our volunteers turned up to help from across Auckland, which included a team from PricewaterhouseCoopers.
“We were thrilled to take part in this event. As a company, PwC are committed to sustainability and projects that support the environment. Everyone that works for us gets one day off a year to volunteer for their charity of choice, and to give back. It’s just one of the ways that we can do our bit. It was great to team up with Project Jonah and make a real difference for the environment, and those animals that rely on a clean and healthy ocean”, says PwC Partner, Brent Goldsack.
The day was also supported by Countdown supermarket and Auckland Council, who provided bags and gloves and disposed of the rubbish after the cleanup.
"It's always great to have the support of the council and to partner corporates who want to give back to the community. We're particularly thrilled that Coundown have taken some proactive measures to prevent rubbish being blown from the supermarket into the park and creek; as well as enclosing their rubbish skips, they've also extended the fencing between the supermarket and park at ground level to prevent rubbish being blown or washed underneath", say Kimberly.
More than a tonne of rubbish was picked up in just under three hours of work. Topping the list of items found were plastic bags, cans and plastic and glass bottles. Amongst the more unusual items collected; part of a laundry wringer, a sink, half a flipper, golfballs and a postcard from the early 50s.
Our next cleanup is scheduled for Friday 4th March in Hobson Bay. To find out more or take part click here.