Com­mer­cial op­er­a­tor to blame for tyre pile

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Landowner Paul Har­nett feels he has been be­trayed after a huge pile of tyres ap­peared on his Mt Fyffe Rd farm.

The tyres have been ac­cu­mu­lat­ing over time but it was not un­til re­cently that they were no­ticed by Paul’s daugh­ter Biddy when she vis­ited the hay shed on the prop­erty.

There are now an es­ti­mated 200 to 300 tyres in the pile, clearly dumped by a com­mer­cial op­er­a­tor. Har­nett said he con­sid­ered it a real be­trayal by some­one from within the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

‘‘Sadly this will be the work of some­one I know, who has taken ad­van­tage of my ab­sence and the dis­rup­tion on the farm and the com­mu­nity since the earth­quake,’’ he said.

En­vi­ron­ment Can­ter­bury (Ecan) Kaiko¯ ura man­ager Kevin Heays said he was dis­ap­pointed in the dump­ing, which was not an iso­lated in­ci­dent. Ecan en­force­ment of­fi­cers would wel­come any in­for­ma­tion, he said.

‘‘It’s ob­vi­ously in­cred­i­bly dis­ap­point­ing and clearly from a lo­cal com­mer­cial op­er­a­tor. Cur­rently [tyre dis­posal] is not reg­u­lated, only rec­om­mended, al­though there are moves afoot to get more reg­u­la­tion around it.’’

Kaiko¯ ura Po­lice are also keen to hear from any­one with any in­for­ma­tion. A spokesper­son said with­out proof it was very dif­fi­cult to pros­e­cute, how­ever po­ten­tial charges un­der the Lit­ter Act meant an in­di­vid­ual could be fined up to $5000, while a cor­po­ra­tion could be li­able for up to $25,000.

‘‘There is a tyre shred­ding com­pany that comes up from Christchurch so there are no ex­cuses for this,’’ he said.

‘‘I am dis­ap­pointed in our com­mu­nity and we will be con­tin­u­ing to in­ves­ti­gate.’’

Il­le­gal dump­ing is not a new thing in Kaiko¯ura — tyres have been dumped in sev­eral dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions for years, along with house­hold waste, old TVS and plenty of car­casses in wa­ter­ways, in­clud­ing a be­headed deer in a stream near the High School two months ago.

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