Stop the Plastic Soup

Location: Avondale, Kelston or New Lynn sites (15-20 mins from Auckland city)
Availability: Mon, Tues, Wed, Thur, Fri, Sat 10am to 2pm by appointment
Team size: 10 - 30


This organisation is working towards healthier streams along the Whau river through community participation and kaitiakitanga (guardianship and protection). They deliver a wide range of community-based environmental projects, principally in collaboration with the Auckland Council and other key stakeholders within the catchment, and includes programmes and projects in the areas of ecological restoration and conservation.

This project is aiming to stem the continual flow of rubbish from our harbour which forms massive plastic soups in our seas. Each year 1 million sea birds and 100,000 marine mammals are killed by rubbish at sea - it looks like food but when the animal eats it, the rubbish fills and blocks their stomachs and they starve to death. Sadly a few irresponsible individuals and dodgy operators dump rubbish along the river banks and this ends up being carried to the middle of the ocean in eddies which carry the water in huge areas of ocean currents slowly travelling around in circles.

Your team will be helping to prevent this happening by stemming the tide of waste. You will be getting into the riverbanks and mangrove edge and pulling out any rubbish items - from shopping trolleys and tyres to small plastic items. This will clean up some local black-spots and improve the health of our waterways and make them a better place for the community to enjoy.

By participating in this volunteering opportunity you are helping achieve the following United Nations Sustainability Goals:

Goal 6 -Clean water and sanitation
Goal 10 - Reduced inequalities
Goal 11 - sustainable cities and communities
Goal 12 - Responsible consumption and production
Goal 14 - Life below water
Goal 15 - Life on land

We enjoyed the team building and increased our knowledge of the native flora and fauna.


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