Fourteen tyres, four supermarket trolleys, three seats, bags and bags full of plastic bottles and rubbish were just some of the things pulled out of Puhinui Stream in Auckland recently.

A team of 17 from several Countdown stores in the area joined the organisers from the World Mission Society Church Of God Trust, early on a Sunday to help clean up the stream and surrounding area in Wiri.

Countdown Papakura store manager, Richard Dodds, said the team are extremely proud of their stores and their local community

“We heard about the clean-up work  Daniel from the World Mission Society was doing and lots of the team really wanted to help join in and pick up rubbish to help clean up our local area.”

“We couldn’t believe how much rubbish was found in that small area and the sad part was that it had already been cleared five times in the last six months. It made us realise how important it is to keep helping the clean-up group and on a wider scale, how small things like reducing the use of plastic bags and packaging can help prevent areas like this from becoming totally overwhelmed with rubbish.

“As well as giving our time, we also donated rubbish bags, water, sausages and bread.  By the end of the day, everyone had really earned that sausage sizzle!”

Richard said that the team at Countdown will definitely be getting involved in more cleanups in the future.