The clean-up is an annual event which is run by NES with help from volunteers from Government, ministries, private business, non-government organisations, youth groups and schools.
The event is run every year to clean up the Cook Islands, and this year, the St Joseph’s Scout Troop took the opportunity to take part instead of doing their usual Monday activities.
The troop focused their clean-up around Ruatonga’s main roads and back roads. They also cleaned the stream from the Avarua Catholic Church to the Ruatonga taro patches located on the back roads and around the St Joseph’s Primary School boundary – and they came up with a huge array of rubbish.
The boys were all excited to take part in this global event.
Not only does it help clean up the country, it is also part of their community service programme.
When the troop separated and weighed all the waste collected, their haul came to a total of 55kgs which wasn’t actually as bad as they had expected.