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Keep New Zealand Beautiful week begins today. Reporter Susan Strongman takes a look at the rubbish we leave on the kerb.
Used nappies, beer bottles, takeaway cups, your Herald - all items that are likely to end up in the bin once they're finished with.
As Kiwis, we're good at throwing stuff out - last year 81,000 Keep New Zealand Beautiful volunteers collected 942 tonnes of rubbish from across the country - the equivalent of about 522 Toyota Corolla hatchback cars.
The cleanup covered 40,000 metres of road and shoreline, and 24,300sq m of graffiti was painted over or scrubbed away.
This week, the 48-year-old organisation aims to get together 50,000 volunteers, and in 2016 it hopes to get 30 per cent of New Zealand's schools to do the right thing, general manager Heather Saunderson says.