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As part of Keep New Zealand Beautiful Annual Clean Up New Zealand week, Carterton District Council will once again run the Rural Road Spring Clean campaign.

In its second year, the spring clean initiative is aimed at targeting the problem of rubbish littering the rural roads within the Carterton District.

Infrastructure and Services Manager Garry Baker says that Carterton’s streets are predominantly rubbish free but this is not the case for rural areas. “With such a large geographical area it is a difficult task to keep rural roads clear from rubbish.”

“The Rural Road Spring Clean is a great way to focus on the rural community and keep our countryside looking beautiful.”

Carterton rural residents will receive a free rubbish bag and a flier about the campaign as an insert into the Wairarapa Midweek on Wednesday 6th September. The spring clean will take place the following week of 11-17 September.

With multiple rubbish drop-off areas throughout the district, council’s aim is to encourage the rural community to pick up rubbish from the roadside near their properties.

Mayor John Booth will be out doing his bit during the week. “In my area of East Taratahi I often see a lot of rubbish on the roadside.”

Mayor Booth is keen to get out there and help clean it up, and challenges others in the community to do the same.

“If we all get out and pick up the rubbish around our own properties we should be able to make a real difference. “

Mayor Booth will be accompanied by councillors, Chief Executive Jane Davis and other council employees during the Rural Road Spring Clean.

All rubbish will be picked up from drop-off locations by council staff on Friday 15th September. Extra rubbish bags are available from the council office on Holloway Street if required.