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SOUTHERN COASTAL CLEAN UP

Keeping NZ's coastlines beautiful

The Southern Coastal Clean Up is an annual rubbish clearing event coordinated by volunteers across various southern coasts. Allied Petroleum (APL) is proud to be a sponsor of this event, and regularly partakes in the clean ups.

The origins of the Southern Coastal Clean Up go back to 2001, when a local helicopter pilot noticed an accumulation of plastic rubbish along the coastal beaches of Fiordland. Deciding something needed to be done, discussions around the clean-up of Fiordland’s and Rakiura’s (Stewart Island) beaches began. Over the years, the Southern Coastal Clean Up has grown to include clean up events in Milford and Dusky sounds as well. Staggeringly, during some years volunteers have removed up to 20 tonnes of rubbish.

One of the 2021 clean ups took place in July, with up to 32 volunteers collecting rubbish along the Fiordland coastline. APL sponsored this event by donating 5,000 litres of diesel to their customer Rakiura Shipping to transport the collected rubbish to Bluff.

The July 2021 clean-up targeted accessible beaches from Port Craig to Preservation Inlet, with teams helicoptered in. Conditions weren’t for the faint hearted, involving long days of scrabbling over rocky remote coastline… and then there were the sandflies!