Throughout summer, Auckland’s parks, beaches and Hauraki Gulf islands are flooded with day-trippers, campers and holidaymakers.
To keep our public spaces beautiful, Councillor Richard Hills, Chair of the Environment and Climate Change committee, is encouraging everyone to put litter in its place while out and about.
“Over summer and the Christmas period, many of us will be at the beach, in the bush or down at our local park appreciating our natural environment. The best gift we can give is a healthy environment for all generations to enjoy.
“There are no bins at our regional parks and limited rubbish bins at local parks, so we encourage people to please be responsible and take their waste home with them.
“Please don’t put rubbish in or on an overflowing bin as the rubbish could end up in our waterways. If you do spot an overflowing public litter bin, please report it to us on 09 301 0101, and contractors will get there as soon as possible to clear the bin.”
Beating the summer waste spike
Waste is seasonal, and in summer there is always a spike. It can be as much as 3000 tonnes of extra rubbish and recycling – which is more than 100 double-decker buses in waste.
An increase in recycling can be a good thing, as aluminium, glass, and some clear plastics can be recycled into the same products multiple times. When people are out and about, they should plan to bring their recycling home with them to be emptied and rinsed before it gets to the bin. There is no reason to let those materials get lost to landfill.
Prior to COVID-19, kiwis were consuming a staggering 1.7 billion plastic containers a year, according to Waste MINZ. This includes 188 plastic drink bottles per household.
Whether planning a day walking one of our AKLPaths, enjoying a picnic with friends or whānau at the beach or one of our regional parks, or heading out on the water, it’s great to make a plan to take waste home and dispose of it responsibly in your kerbside waste or recycling bins.
Taking a few minutes to manage your waste before leaving home makes a big difference. “Public place litter bins are designed for small pieces of litter from passers-by and don’t have the capacity to deal with large quantities of waste. Dispose of all types of litter responsibly to make sure it doesn't find its way onto rural roadsides, city streets or our harbour, as well as our many parks and waterways,” says Parul Sood, Auckland Council’s Waste Solutions General Manager.
With some thought and planning, we can protect our land and prevent unnecessary waste polluting our natural environment.
Recycle as much as possible by using your kerbside recycling bin. If you’re unsure about whether an item can be recycled or not, check out our recycling search tool.
Or test your knowledge by playing our Recycle Right game to see if you know what should go in your recycling bin.