Claims of illegal industrial waste dumping by a contractor on
earthquake-damaged residential red zone land are being
investigated, authorities confirmed today.
A joint investigation by the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery
Authority (Cera), ECan and the Christchurch City Council is
"A few people think that dumping their waste in the
residential red zone won't be noticed or won't do any harm,"
said Carl Diamond, project manager Earthquake Waste
"In addition to the potential environmental impacts, it poses
a danger to people working in the area and, ultimately, the
cost of the clean-up is at the expense of the tax payer."
On average, two rubbish dumping sites are found each day,
It can range from household waste to large trailer-loads of
industrial waste and concrete slurry.
Anyone who witnesses illegal dumping is encouraged to take
note of licence plates, company names, dates and times, as
well as photographs, so Cera or ECan can investigate.