Annual Beach Clean Up
10th July 2019
A wonderful team of more than 40 Wednesday trampers and their families came on a slightly less than perfect day weather-wise, to clean up Porirua Harbour. The volunteer crisis has been in the news lately but our beach clean-up definitely bucked the trend.
A few hardy souls braved crossing the stream outlet into the estuary which was running just slightly higher than predicted i.e. knee height (on tall people!) to go to the far side and thigh high on the return when they were laden with full sacks. Good on you! Some folk patiently turned over the tideline debris and collected all those tiny pieces of plastic and polystyrene beads that are so attractive to sea life. Another group found their way to the motorway side of the stream by a drier route and retrieved an enormous amount of larger rubbish, not to mention three shopping trolleys and a bike scavenged from the stream banks by Pete Smith and Geoff Marshall. Last but not least, one car load rebelled and took themselves down to the boat sheds and worked their way northwards – or so they say – who was to know when they were out of sight all morning?? However, they did return hauling sacks of rubbish…
Porirua City Council provided bundles of brightly coloured orange sacks which we then supplemented with our own supply due to the vast amount of rubbish collected – over 50 sacks plus assorted tyres and a chair. The Get Fixed Bicycle Café provided a very welcome haven for morning tea and lunch time snacks and coffee.
I felt a mixture of satisfaction with the results of our work and horror that it was there in the first place – the evidence of our plastic usage was very apparent and hopefully inspired us to extend Plastic Free July to the whole year.
- Party members
- Lynne White (leader and scribe).