As­bestos dump­ing in­ves­ti­gated

Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook - - OUT & ABOUT - COUN­CIL

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.

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