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Record numbers of volunteers as Clean Up Week commences

Record numbers of volunteers set to hit the streets today as G.J. Gardner Homes Clean Up Week commences
Keep New Zealand Beautiful (KNZB) is proud to present the G.J. Gardner Homes Clean Up Week, commencing today and running until Sunday, 16th September.

Clean Up Week sponsor, G.J. Gardner Homes, have mobilised their extensive franchisee network right throughout New Zealand, contributing to a record number of volunteers set to take part this year. Over 49,000 volunteers are already registered and more are joining events across the country every day. KNZB encourages events of all sizes, with organisations, community groups, individuals and even full school and early childcare centre facilities coming on board this year to create the biggest G.J.'s Clean Up Week in recent memory.

G.J.'s Clean Up Week is a community pride initiative run by Keep New Zealand Beautiful, aimed at empowering communities to work together to keep their corners of New Zealand cleaner, safer and more beautiful.

Heather Saunderson, CEO of Keep New Zealand Beautiful, said
"G.J.'s Clean Up Week is one of the biggest community pride initiatives in our calendar. It empowers individuals and everyday New Zealanders to each do the right thing, with their actions accumulating to create a tide against littering that reaches every corner of New Zealand. In 2016 alone, Clean Up Week saw enough litter removed from our environment to fill 120 rugby fields over 1/2 a metre high, and this year is set to exceed these results."

A surge in registrations from schools this year is attributed to the increased priority on education programmes from KNZB, with the Young Reporters for the Environmentcompetition this year receiving a record number of entries, and the Term 3 launch of the Kiki Kiwi - Litter Less Programme to primary and intermediate schools in New Zealand.

Saturday, September 15th also marks World Clean Up Day, with 60 events registered to take place for World Clean Up Day alone.

Individuals and groups wanting to join a public event are able to see events happening within their region by checking out the G.J.'s Clean Up Week page on the Keep New Zealand Beautiful website.

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