Mil­ford Track lit­tered with hu­man waste

Otago Daily Times - - General -

TE ANAU: Vis­i­tors are lit­ter­ing the Mil­ford Track with toi­let pa­per and hu­man waste.

A Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion (Doc) con­trac­tor told Radio New Zealand the amount of hu­man waste vis­i­ble along the track was ‘‘dis­gust­ing’’ and that the sit­u­a­tion was get­ting out of con­trol.

‘‘On some of the Great Walk tracks, you find poos and toi­let pa­per just lit­tered down the side of the tracks,’’ the con­trac­tor told Radio New Zealand.

‘‘In some of the camp­sites along the Mil­ford Road, it’s re­ally quite bad.

‘‘You’ve only got to walk 20m into the bush and it’s all over the place.’’

The con­trac­tor said the Mil­ford Track was get­ting busier each year and that many tourists did not un­der­stand how to use a toi­let.

‘‘At some of the Doc camp­sites, even though there are toi­lets there, for some rea­son some in­di­vid­u­als only use the toi­let pa­per and they’ll poo out­side the toi­let,’’ the con­trac­tor said.

‘‘It’s just dis­gust­ing.’’

Doc re­cre­ation man­ager Richard Davies said only a small number of tourists were caus­ing prob­lems.

‘‘We learn from ev­ery sum­mer, but we can’t be ev­ery­where at all times,’’ he told Radio New Zealand.

‘‘For what­ever rea­son, there’s al­ways been a mi­nor­ity of peo­ple who don’t do the right thing.’’

He says Doc was work­ing to build more toi­lets on the track.

The depart­ment would also be in­creas­ing the number of staff on duty to address any is­sues.

Doc urged the public to get in touch if they saw any fae­ces on the track this sum­mer. — NZME

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