The punters appear to be keeping the area tidy but it's the politicians who are slinging the rubbish over New Plymouth's popular Pig Out Point.
Maverick district councillor John McLeod has labelled the council's policy of pulling the rubbish bins from East End's Mt Bryan Domain a failure and has invited the public to register their disapproval with the mayor.
But he has gone a step further by posting photos of litter at the domain on Facebook and also the mayor's cellphone number.
Mayor Harry Duynhoven rubbished the action as a "stunt".
"He throws his toys out the cot," he said yesterday.
Mr McLeod's Facebook postings come less than a week after council workers removed the rubbish bins in an experiment to curb littering and encourage people to take their trash home.
He claims the trial is a total failure and has encouraged people to ring Mr Duynhoven.
He stated the mayor was available "24/7".
"He should have a sympathetic ear for you, as he approves of the removal of these rubbish bins. Your support is needed on this ridiculous decision," Mr McLeod wrote.
Mr Duynhoven described his actions as typical of the rogue councillor.
"He is doing what John does best and that is kick up a ruckus. Is this constructive? No. And that is the problem we have with John McLeod on occasion.
"Council collectively makes a decision. He disagrees with it. He throws his toys out the cot."
While the mayor acknowledged the experiment might not work, he said the council had already tried doubling the number of rubbish bins and emptying them more regularly. This had not stopped the litter.
Mr McLeod yesterday remained defiant over his decision to post the mayor's phone number online.
"I would be open 24/7; I don't care what time of day or night it was, if I was mayor of this district," he said.
"I don't see any point in continuing this experiment. People pay for core services and this is a core service."
When the Taranaki Daily News visited Mt Bryan Domain at lunch time yesterday, litter was sparse. On the ground was a mandarin peel, two McDonald's branded paper items and a squashed can of Cody's bourbon and coke.
Pig Out Point regular Reneka Still, 18, said the no-bin experiment would not work.
"People just don't want rubbish in their cars," she said.
New Plymouth Boys' High student Max Lepper, 17,was equally cynical.
"They'll just open their doors and push it out as they leave," he said.
Both Miss Still and Mr Lepper kept their litter in their vehicles.
About 1.30pm a student in a New Plymouth Girls' High School uniform was observed getting out of a car with rubbish in hand. When she could not find a rubbish bin, she got back into the car with the trash, exactly as the idea's backers had hoped.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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