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Rubbishing A Local Cache

Caching in my hometown of Wellington is rubbish … or at least it will be on September 24th.

All this trash talk is in aid of GC33F40 Glenside CITO – A Capital Event (Wellington), being held from 9.30am to 11.30am at the point where Porirua Stream intersects with this small community.

Event organiser Bryan Taylor (GC handle: Fozzmiester) told It’s Not About The Numbers he had wanted to arrange a Cache In Trash Out event for some time before he “finally got off my butt and made it official”.

“Given that it appears there may not have been one of these held in the Wellington area for quite some time – if ever – I am hoping that the novelty factor may provide a good turnout.

Further investigation has since revealed this is only the region’s second CITO event ever; the first being GC11PGC Pristine Porirua Cache In Trash Out in April 2007. Co-incidentally, it was just 8 kilometres down the road from GC33F40’s location in Middleton Rd, “several hundred metres south of the Takapu Rd railway station”.

“The area is in serious need of a cleanup and this is the opportunity to give something back to the environment from which we geocachers benefit greatly in the pursuit of our hobby.”

Taylor’s event listing page reads:

While scouting for locations for cache placements, I was drawn to the Glenside/Porirua Stream area after noticing the great work that various groups have done toward the revegetation of the stream surrounds.

However, it soon became apparent that all of this good work was being offset by the actions of a mindless section of the community who insist on discarding rubbish here.

For this reason, I have decided that this would be a fitting venue for my first attempt at organising an event cache.

Both geocachers and non-geocachers alike are welcome at the two-hour event, he says, but “due to the proximity of the stream and road” the level two terrain may not be suited to younger players. His cleanup zone spans  “the area between the stream and Middleton Rd and upstream of the debris arrestor”.

Taylor suggests bringing:

  • Sturdy boots/shoes.
  • Gloves – “I will have a small number of gloves available. However, if you have your own it would be appreciated if you could bring them.”
  • A stick with a nail in the end for picking up paper etc.
  • Raincoat (if the weather looks inclement).

In return, he is promising to provide rubbish bags, hand wipes and hand sanitiser, “a few snacks and drinks”, plus “a spot prize or two” – including a Garmin chirp donated by It’s Not About The Numbers.

So far, eight would-be garbage-men and women have signed up for this worthy cause, though numbers are expected to rise as September 24th nears.

On the subject of trash talk, Groundspeak’s new 10,000 Fewer Pieces of Litter challenge (CX515) tasked players to pick up 10 items of rubbish at a local park – with the added incentive that “if 1000 people complete this challenge, the geocaching community will have cleaned up 10,000 pieces of litter!”

In the three weeks since the company’s first action challenge was published, 2890 geocachers have successfully completed the chore, removing at least 28,900 pieces of trash worldwide. And a further 2444 players plan to follow their example.

For obvious reasons, CX515 is Groundspeak’s most popular challenge, registering 1697 thumbs up to just 283 negative votes. Let’s hope that means plenty more full rubbish bins around the globe.

*For more information on the nine-year-old, Magellan-sponsored Cache In Trash Out project, visit GC.com’s CITO page.

1 comment

  1. Fred E Peters on Facebook

    WELL…. YOU KINDA GAVE ME A START…… I’M IN MY HOME TOWN OF WELLINGTON…… TEXAS THAT IT….. I’LL BE AROUND HERE ON THE 24th…. SO I TO WILL WILL BREAK OUT THE PLASTIFC BAGS…… AND TGRASH OUT….. THX FOR THE NUDGE….. L8R MYFREDY

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