Investigation after 300 used nappies dumped
At least 300 used nappies have been found dumped on the banks of the Ngaruroro River.
Hawke’s Bay Regional Council’s rivers overseer Lee Christison said the nappies were found last week as part of a routine rubbish check by the council’s works group.
They were found at the Carrick Rd access to the river, about halfway between Napier and Hastings
‘‘It looks like about 300 of them, but it could be more,’’ Christison said.
‘‘We’ve got our pollution guys out there investigating looking for clues as to who dumped them now.
‘‘If we find out who dumped them there will be action taken,’’ he said.
‘‘We do usually find all sorts of stuff.
‘‘There are often nappies, carcasses, household rubbish, the lot. It’s often dumped in the water. But this is unusual,’’ he said.
‘‘We were shocked by the scale of this dumping incident,’’ Christison said.
‘‘It’s disgusting to find some- thing like this polluting the riverside. To some people this is acceptable, but not to us,’’ he said.
All the nappies had been collected and disposed of at landfill.
A council spokesman said the council was investigating and ‘‘any information from the public would be greatly appreciated’’.
‘‘Enforcement action could include prosecution, subject to evidence. A litter infringement could be issued with a fine of up to $300.
‘‘If a dumper is confirmed, they can be asked to pay or contribute to clean up costs.
‘‘Outstanding fines related to these incidents are often difficult to collect,’’ the spokesman said.