Inorganic clean up.

The Rangitoto/Motutapu Island inorganic clean up. February 12th - 25th 2002.

As you can see from the included letter we have indeed done great things. To bring you all up-to-date - everything we removed from the island weighed a whopping 30700kgs, that's just over 30 tonne! The bins weighed 6.06, 4.72, 5.26, 5.28, and 5.96 tonne each. The glass weighed in at 2.79 tonne! Altogether it was 160m3 and if you look at the picture to the right you can see how it left Islington Bay on Monday the 25th of February. By the way we totally underestimated how much rubbish there was on both islands and we didn't clean up everything on Rangitoto and DoC have still the bunkers to finish on Motutapu!

The Trust must thank all the sponsors - Auckland Regional Council Environmental Initiatives Fund for the barge, Zero Waste Trust for the safety gear, Trillian Trust for the equipment hire, Rex Wheels and Castors for the trolley, Hirepool and Hiretown for the wheel barrows, Fullers for discounting the tickets and ARC for discounting the tickets even further and the Department of Conservation for the second barge trip. Last but not least all the volunteers - some of whom were inveigled under false pretences - ask Lynfield College about that one, some who used it to gain hours for service certificates, others who felt it was just the right thing to do - without you all this could not have been done. Also the DoC staff, which gave up weekdays and weekends to see it through - thank you every one, give yourselves a pat on the back.

There were some wonderful stories that happened during the clean-up - like the feather mattress that caught alight and smoldered away, the old mattress that had been growing, so when it was moved Kevin and Sarah literally wore it. The un-named volunteer her shut her fingers in the car door before coming and still carried lots of rubbish. Heike, a visitor to NZ who was guaranteed a great Kiwi experience. The trip back on Mike Morris boat - it was a great deal faster than the ferry! Water tanks - I don't think anyone had seen so many water tanks or indeed roofing iron - see the picture on the right and to top it all off, CAR BODIES! And the method used to crush the tanks and turn them into tinfoil was strictly kiwi ingenuity. Some on the treasure that was found - whale oil, gramophone needles, wooden cheese graters and some that got away 1940's janola bottles - that wont happen again.

Rubbish on the barge

Rubbish on the barge

Cars loaded on the truck

Cars loaded on the truck

Crushing the water tanks

Crushing the water tanks