Local resident fears illegally dumped rubbish contains asbestos
An Auckland fly-tipper has dumped a Flexi Bin full of potentially hazardous material near where children play.
The Flexi Bin bag, filled with household rubbish and broken tiles, was dumped on Wednesday morning at the end of Rika Rd in Pt England.
An Auckland resident, who only wanted to be known as Casper, said he was concerned about the safety of children because he believed the skip bag contained asbestos.
"A neighbour heard a truck backing up thinking it was collecting all the rubbish bins but it raced off."
The resident put in calls to Flexi Bin and Auckland Council.
"Flexi Bin said it wasn't their problem and there was no urgency from council.
"I was more concerned about the kids but the council seemed quite dismissive," he said.
The resident called the Fire Service to report the illegal dumping.
Fire Northern Communications shift manager Daniel Nicholson said the Mt Wellington station was called to the scene of the illegal dumping.
"It was a bin full of rubbish and what appeared to be asbestos roof tiles."
He said there would need to be further testing to confirm whether it did contain asbestos.
Asbestos is New Zealand's number one killer in the workplace with around 170 people dying each year from related diseases.
Asbestos waste must be disposed of at a local or territorial authority landfill authorised to accept asbestos waste.
Casper said the council finally sent out a worker who surveyed the scene at 11.20am, while a child continued to cycle around the bag.
Casper said stolen cars were often dumped at the end of the road and occasionally rubbish.
"We try and mow the lawns and keep it clean to make it an undesirable place to dump the cars," he said.
Auckland Council spokesman Ian Stupple said a staff member investigated the area and stickered the illegal dumping.
"As illegal dumping might contain hazardous waste, we are arranging to get this removed as quickly as possible," he said.
Stupple said council would investigate the incident further.
It costs ratepayers more than $1 million annually for the council to clean up illegal dumping, Stupple said.
The penalty for a successful prosecution in relation to illegal dumping is up to $30,000.
"We endeavour to investigate every report of illegal dumping and look for evidence of the offenders, by door knocking, flyer drops to encourage residents to notify us when they see it happening, and regularly checking hot spots."
Illegal dumping can be reported to the council on 09 301 0101 with information including times and dates and descriptions of the offenders.