Air quality not improving
It is time to clean up or pay up for wood burners in Tokoroa.
Despite continued funding of air quality schemes from both the South Waikato District Council and the Waikato Regional Council, the air quality in Tokoroa is not improving, in fact it is getting worse.
Already this winter Tokoroa has had nine exceedances in PM10 levels compared to last year’s 10 in total over the whole of winter, council said.
Group manager regulatory, Sharon Robinson said the biggest contributing factor to this problem is the burning of wet wood.
‘‘Burning other materials, such as plastic bottles, is also harmful to the environment and they should be recycled.’’
There are two schemes to help replace non-compliant burners with new energy efficient products: Warm Homes Clean Air and Heat Swap.
‘‘Our community does not want to see the Clean Air Bylaw back on the table, but if things don’t improve, it may be the council’s only option.’’ Robinson said.
The council will be holding an Air Quality Week from July 21 to 26.