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Reserve goes rubbish-bin free for trial

Last updated 05:00 17/01/2014

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Beachgoers are being encouraged to think of the environment and not leave their litter behind at Okahu Bay this summer.

Auckland Council and Ngati Whatua Orakei started trialling the rubbish-free initiative on January 11 by removing 14 rubbish bins and installing a banner explaining the move at the park entrance.

Ngati Whatua Orakei senior manager Malcolm Paterson says the trial is designed to encourage sustainability.

"This area has great cultural significance for Ngati Whatua. We would like to encourage people to enjoy their visits here and show respect for the land and their environment by taking their rubbish home with them and recycling it."

Central local and sports parks manager Jane Aickin says the council supports the initiative and has made changes to its maintenance regime to enable the trial.

"Rubbish bins have been removed and our litter contractors will be keeping a close eye on people's response.

"Recycling bins in parks are costly and people often don't sort their rubbish properly at the park.

"We are encouraging people to ‘pack in and pack out', taking their rubbish home where it is easy to sort for recycling," she says.

An Auckland Council spokeswoman says an end date for the initiative is yet to be set. "We will monitor the trial over the summer and report back to the Ngati Whatua Orakei Reserves Board. It will be their decision whether Okahu Bay remains a rubbish-free park."

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- East And Bays Courier

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