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The front page article on Saturday, August 10th highlights the plastic washed up on Kaiti Beach. Although councillor Foster makes very good points I feel that decisions made by Gisborne District Council in the past and action taken at present are very much the cause of the problem.

Councillor Foster said he had seen hundreds of plastic items wash up on Kaiti Beach and this because of inaction in stopping this waste entering the water in the first place.

The last time I attended an organised beach clean-up I walked with my bucket two blocks down Childers Road and then turned right into Grey Street and filled the bucket before reaching the information centre. I emptied the bucket and then filled it again before reaching Waikanae Beach. I struggled to find as much man-made rubbish on the sand as I found on the footpaths.

The rubbish that lies around the footpaths, gutters and streets of the Gisborne CBD will eventually blow into the waterways or flow down stormwater drains and then end up on the district’s beaches or further in the Pacific Ocean.

I am alarmed at the amount of litter around the CBD and cannot help noticing the way different streets are treated in Gisborne. From Carnarvan Street to Customhouse Street, Childers Road does not have any rubbish bins on the seaward side but Gladstone Road has 29 and often rubbish sits in the same place for weeks until blown or washed away to the sea.

Even Kaiti Beach Road, where councillor Foster lives, has five rubbish bins in a very small area.

I believe that to stop the litter on our beaches we need a better distribution of CBD rubbish bins and frequent removal of litter from the streets, before it enters waterways.

Tony Dobson

The front page article on Saturday, August 10th highlights the plastic washed up on Kaiti Beach. Although councillor Foster makes very good points I feel that decisions made by Gisborne District Council in the past and action taken at present are very much the cause of the problem.

Councillor Foster said he had seen hundreds of plastic items wash up on Kaiti Beach and this because of inaction in stopping this waste entering the water in the first place.

The last time I attended an organised beach clean-up I walked with my bucket two blocks down Childers Road and then turned right into Grey Street and filled the bucket before reaching the information centre. I emptied the bucket and then filled it again before reaching Waikanae Beach. I struggled to find as much man-made rubbish on the sand as I found on the footpaths.

The rubbish that lies around the footpaths, gutters and streets of the Gisborne CBD will eventually blow into the waterways or flow down stormwater drains and then end up on the district’s beaches or further in the Pacific Ocean.

I am alarmed at the amount of litter around the CBD and cannot help noticing the way different streets are treated in Gisborne. From Carnarvan Street to Customhouse Street, Childers Road does not have any rubbish bins on the seaward side but Gladstone Road has 29 and often rubbish sits in the same place for weeks until blown or washed away to the sea.

Even Kaiti Beach Road, where councillor Foster lives, has five rubbish bins in a very small area.

I believe that to stop the litter on our beaches we need a better distribution of CBD rubbish bins and frequent removal of litter from the streets, before it enters waterways.

Tony Dobson

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