Lions helping to clean up community

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Loading up . . . Temuka Lions Club president Tony McGillen (left) and Lion Terry Philips load up the trailer of unwanted items. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

by Claire Allison

A new Temuka Lions Club initiative is helping clean up the community.

The club is collecting e-waste – like unwanted televisions and computers – as well as whiteware, waste oil and tyres, and publicity officer John Butler said there had been a great response.

“In three days, we had three car trailers full.”

While the owner of the unwanted item has to pay any disposal fees, the club is taking on the task of collecting and transporting items to the Temuka transfer station.

Mr Butler said a common scenario was a family buying a new television for an older person, and leaving the old television in the home.

“Things that can’t go into the three-bin system, like that, can be a problem for some people to dispose of appropriately.”

Mr Butler said the club would run the drive throughout February, and had shared the idea with other clubs, hoping they might pick up the idea for their communities.

Anyone with items to collect can call (03) 615-8755 or (03) 615-8211 and leave a message.