RUB­BISH DUMP­ING

Western Leader - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS -

The sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in il­le­gal dump­ing across Auck­land comes as no sur­prise.

The city con­tin­ues to rapidly grow with houses be­ing squeezed onto ev­ery avail­able piece of land with tiny sec­tions, leav­ing peo­ple nowhere to store rub­bish and in­or­ganic ma­te­rial.

The cost of us­ing pri­vately owned trans­fer sta­tions can also be pro­hib­i­tively ex­pen­sive for many on low in­come be­ing squeezed by ris­ing rents, rates and elec­tric­ity prices.

If mayor Phil Goff and Auck­land Coun­cil want to take con­trol of the il­le­gal dump­ing is­sue and the risk it puts on the en­vi­ron­ment and com­mu­ni­ties, then the coun­cil should build a mod­ern waste to en­ergy plant along with es­tab­lish­ing it’s own free trans­fer sta­tions across the city to sup­ply it.

The elec­tric­ity pro­duced could be sold to the na­tional grid to help off­set the cost of the op­er­a­tion and would be help­ing solve two of Auck­land’s prob­lems in one go. ISAAC BROOME

Pukekohe

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