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G.J. Gardner Homes Clean Up Week - 7-13 September 2020

Frequently Asked Questions

When can we register an event?

Registrations officially open on 1 July 2020. If you would like to register an event for G.J. Gardner Homes Clean Up Week you can register here.

How does the ‘kit your own clean up’ concept work?

Instead of automatically sending out clean up kits this year, we will be providing suggestions on what sustainable resources co-ordinators and volunteers can use to get their clean ups underway. Buckets, gardening gloves, sacks, animal feed bags, reusable bags etc. However, if this isn’t feasible for your group, we will still be providing clean up kits, which include Keep New Zealand Beautiful reusable rubbish sacks, on a request basis. Please note, that these kits will still include bags and gloves. We will still have all the informational resources available to those who register their event in online downloadable format.

What re-usable resources can we use to kit out our own clean up events?

Some suggestions include:

  • Gardening gloves
  • Buckets
  • Coffee sacks
  • Fabric bags
  • Re-usable plastic bins
  • Animal feed bags

What is included in the clean up kits provided by Keep New Zealand Beautiful?

Available on request, the Keep New Zealand Beautiful clean up kits include:

  • Latex gloves - latex breaks down quicker than vinyl and is strong enough to keep your hands safe and clean.
  • Recycling bags - these are single use, clear bags as most transfer stations will require recycling to be sorted.
  • Rubbish bags - the Keep New Zealand Beautiful rubbish bags are re-usable polyprop bags. These should not be disposed of at the transfer station. You're able to empty your rubbish, clean the bags and re-use them again next year.
  • Badges and certificates (for schools only) - Keep New Zealand Beautiful can provide your school students with badges and certificates to recognise their hard work. However, we recognise that not all schools will want these so they are available on request only.

How will groups be able to dispose of their collected rubbish free of charge at the selected transfer stations?

You will receive a digital sticker once you register your event. Present this sticker to the transfer station on your device upon arrival to dispose of waste.

To provide flexibility around the current Covid-19 alert setting restrictions, our generous supporters EnviroWaste and Waste Management have extended the timeframe for free waste disposal at selected transfer stations nationwide for an additional two weeks.  You can now drop off rubbish from your clean up event anytime between 7 September and 27 September.

Can you recommend any litter hot spots to target for a Clean Up Week event?

Public areas with high foot traffic and few public rubbish bins tend to attract the most litter. Beaches, parks, shopping centres etc. If you would like more specific suggestions in your local area, we recommend you get in touch with the council contact listed under ‘Council Contacts’ in the Clean Up Week 2020 Event Guide.

If you have any further queries regarding Clean Up Week please email

Can I join a clean up event that has already been organised as opposed to establishing my own?

Absolutely! We have a number of Clean Up Week event coordinators that have opened their events up to be available for anyone in the public to join. You can find a list of our public events here and RSVP online.

Will the G.J. Gardner Homes Clean Up Week run this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic?

Yes, we are planning for the event to go ahead as planned and will be taking our guidance from the government to ensure that the health and safety of all participants is made a priority.

How do I ensure the health and safety of participants at my event?

Please ensure you follow the government's guidelines and make sure that you’ve got a robust Health and Safety plan in place including:

  • Limit the size of your group as appropriate to the alert level in your community. Consider running your event in smaller groups and across different areas and or times/days.
  • Practice social distancing.
  • Wear gloves and masks.
  • Wash and sanitise your hands thoroughly before and after your event.
  • Stay home if you feel unwell.
  • Ensure all volunteers complete a registration form for contact tracing purposes.


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