On Wednesday local resident Sarah Short was looking forward to a walk through the Nikao Social Centre, “after all the work the Air New Zealand team did to clean it up over the weekend”.
Instead she came across “heaps of fresh rubbish”, turning her morning walk into a rubbish clean-up session.
“I saw some plastic bottles lying on the ground and then I walked on a bit further and saw some more,” said Short. “By the time I got home I was struggling to carry it all.”
Short spent 20 minutes collecting all the litter, which included numerous recyclables, discarded food containers and empty milk cartons.
“It was disappointing to see so much rubbish after they’d just cleaned it up. Also the fact that so much of the rubbish was recyclable – which I sorted when I got home.”
While much of the rubbish had already been placed into bags – some of which were hanging in trees – Short said it was all a mix of general rubbish and recyclables.
“It’s very common to see people tidy their rubbish into a plastic bag and hang it from trees,” she said. “I guess people think they are doing half the job, but then it still needs to be removed and sorted for recycling.”
Air New Zealand declined to make an official comment on the matter, but a number of staff involved in Saturday’s cleanup did take to Facebook to voice their displeasure.
“All our hard work to be undone by some careless individuals who simply don’t give a damn!”