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Keeping Hastings Beautiful - let’s be litter-free

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Litter gets around: into our parks and reserves; into our street gutters then down our stormwater drains and into Te Karamu Stream and on out to sea; our city and village streets and centres; our beaches; our own gardens.

But it doesn’t get there by itself: Every piece of litter has been dropped by someone or has blown out of a recycling bin, or escaped from a load heading for a rubbish and recycling centre.

As a community, we cannot afford to pay for picking up litter from rates, which comes at n estimated cost of $90,000 a year. And that doesn’t even cover all areas; just the ‘hot spots’. To keep every space clear of litter has an estimated cost in excess of $1 million a year.

Wouldn’t it be absolutely wonderful if we all just stopped dropping it; if we all put it in a bin, or took it home to recycle it or put it in our own rubbish, took extra care with our kerbside recycling on windy days; picked up our dog’s poo; and made sure nothing could escape from our trailers as we headed for the rubbish and recycling centre.


  • be a Litter Legend – dispose of rubbish the right way
  • don’t drop it - put it in a bin or take it home
  • pick up your dog’s poo
  • have a strategy for managing your recycling when it’s windy
  • make your rubbish and recycling load secure – don’t let it litter

It is that simple!

We have a couple of characters lined up to help us work towards a litter-free Hastings:

Colin is a Cheeky Chucker – don’t be like Colin

LitterLegend Colin


Luke is a Hastings Litter Legend – be like Luke

LitterLegend Luke

Click here to read their back stories

We also have a character starring on rubbish bins across our district, reminding people not to be a foul shooter – in the bin, not at it!

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