Fireplace found in beach cleanup
Invercargill residents concerned about the rubbish on Oreti Beach spent their afternoon yesterday taking out the trash.
About 60 people gathered at Oreti Beach for the cleanup, which was part of activities for Keep New Zealand Beautiful.
Cleanup co-host Monica Toretto said the day went really well.
"There seemed to be a lot less rubbish than when we ran the event in July," she said.
"People dumping rubbish here is just laziness; it's not like you just accidentally lose a couch."
A few televisions and an abandoned car, discovered a few months ago, were still at the beach, and rubbish collectors had also found an old heavy-bottomed fireplace buried in the sand, she said.
"About 1.3km up the beach, four men dug an old fireplace out by hand."
About 280kg of rubbish was collected, not counting the fireplace and some old car tyres, she said.
Organisers planned to host another cleanup in a few months.
"We will probably move closer to town next time, around Sandy Point," Ms Toretto said.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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