Rural rubbish resolution

Claire contacted us several months ago after collecting roadside rubbish with her sons. When she contacted Auckland Council she was told that it was too dangerous for people to do, and to leave it to Council after informing them of where the rubbish is. Determined to find a resolution, she recently found out who the best contact was at Council and decided to share this with our readers. 
Four months ago I asked the Post for help with getting Auckland Council to support the public in disposing of the roadside litter we collect on the verges and the council want us to dispose of.
D. Harries commented on the letter and in turn, Ian Stupple, General Manager, Waste Solutions, Auckland Council replied “…we would therefore actively encourage any individual, business or community group in getting involved in cleaning up their area and we would be keen to support them to do this”.
Having raised the issue in the first place I felt it was my responsibility to follow it up to see what they would be doing to ‘encourage and support us’. The months have passed with me ringing every few weeks, as it came to mind, explaining my story and what I wanted, and each time they would reassure that Ian Stupple would be in touch. I did try emailing Ian too, but to no avail.
A couple of weeks ago it came to mind again and I’d had enough of trying to get hold of the mysterious Ian Stupple, who it turns out is head of cemeteries!
‘Right that’s it Auckland Council I have chased this long enough! I need a resolution today or I am going back to The Post…’
The man you need to call is James Young, Waste Contracts & Compliance Team Leader. Auckland Council Extension 418819.
James will help best he can, particularly by providing items like gloves.
Thank you for helping hold the council accountable.
The roadside litter on the Peninsula has increased substantially since the rural roadside recycling collection was introduced. I don’t know if there is anything we can do about this, apart from taking our recycling into town ourselves.
Long term, is it ok to accept that during the collection of our recycling a few bits are going to fall out at most driveways, blown and washed eventually to the harbour or West Coast?
If anyone hasn’t tried picking up litter before I would really recommend it. It’s good for the soul.
C. Harris.

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