Asbestos dumping investigated
The Ashburton District Council is seeking answers after a significant amount of rubbish, including asbestos, was discovered in a Pendarves pit last week.
Council says the rubbish was illegally dumped at an old gravel pit on McCrorys Rd and is asking anyone with information about how it got there to get in touch.
‘‘The gravel pit has unfortunately been paid a number of visits from people illegally disposing of their rubbish over the years, but this is the first time asbestos has been left there.
‘‘Naturally, the costs in removing asbestos are much higher than other forms of waste and this places an even more unfair burden on ratepayers,’’ council’s waste recovery manager Craig Goodwin said.
Goodwin said council is taking the matter seriously and will pursue action against anyone caught dumping rubbish in public places and on reserves.
‘‘It is illegal to dump rubbish on our reserves and we are particularly disappointed that one or more people are using the gravel pit as a dumping site, and even more so that they have also recklessly endangered other people by leaving asbestos there,’’ he said.