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Clean up rubbish around your neighbourhood.

 

Why

Be a tidy Kiwi and care for your neighbourhood by organising a clean up of your local streets and parks. You can organise this with your family or a few friends. The animals will thank you for it.

Detail

Not only is rubbish around your neighbourhood not nice to look at but it can also be dangerous.

Animals may play with, eat or get caught in rubbish that is not put in a bin. This can make them really sick or injured. Rubbish can also wash down drains and into the rivers and oceans where it can affect all kinds of animals in those environments.

Your neighbourhood should be a safe and clean place for all to enjoy.

 

Top tip: You don’t need to organise a neighbourhood clean up to get your streets looking their best. Keep a small rubbish bag in your school bag and you can collect any litter you find on the way to or from school!

What you'll need

Gloves for picking up rubbish
A rubbish bag
Sunblock
Appropriate clothing and footwear

Instructions

  • Plan your neighbourhood clean up with your group and read through the health and safety information. Make sure a trusted adult is with you or knows where you are going and when you will be back.
  • Head out and clean up rubbish around your neighbourhood. Make sure you snap some pictures of your group in action!
  • Sort the collected rubbish into recycling and waste for the landfill these can be disposed of in public bins or at home.

 

Health and safety information

  • Be careful on the road.
  • Watch out for other people.
  • Look out for sharp or dangerous objects.
  • Be sun smart, wear sunblock, a hat and top.
  • Keep warm; if it is cold, wear a jersey.
  • Wear gloves to pick up rubbish.
  • Be wary of strangers and if you feel unsafe, find a safe space (shop, police station, home) and tell a trusted adult.
  • Bring along an adult or let someone know where you will be going and what time you plan on being home.