All around the world, beaches play an important role in the lifestyles of many, but as a result of human impact and urban development, our coastlines now face major challenges.
Since it was founded in 2008, more than 13,500 volunteers have worked with New Zealand-based charity Sustainable Coastlines to remove over 100 tonnes of rubbish from coastlines
Sustainable Coastlines has spearheaded the annual Love Your Coast project to encourage massive clean-up events around the country.
The Travel Corporation’s (TTC) New Zealand office works with Sustainable Coastlines each year to help clean up coastlines along the shores surrounding Auckland, New Zealand removing tonnes of trash in the process.
As part of its partnership, TTC makes time available to its staff wishing to participate in clean-ups.
In 2011, the TTC Kiwi team collected 16,081 litres of garbage, helping to play its part in the conservation of New Zealand’s beaches.
The 2012 two-week long clean up resulted in the collection of 80,000 pieces of trash, almost three tonnes, picked up by 790 participants across beaches from Greenhithe in the inner harbour through to Whangaparaoa in Auckland.
During their most recent clean-up in 2014, 850 litres of trash were collected from Rangitoto Island, New Zealand.
Rubbish collected included: 13,683 food wrappers; 2,988 drink cans; 1,638 toys; 1,381 straws; 611 items of clothing; 311 pens and 289 parking tickets or receipts.