Campaign to target pollution

Geraldine residents still have some work to do before they get their high night pollution levels down to just three by 2016.

There were seven high pollution nights in Geraldine last winter, which suggests more education is needed in the area, an Environment Canterbury (ECan) spokeswoman said.

Home heating is the cause of 96 per cent of the town's air pollution.

ECan senior communications adviser Kristi Gray said although there was still some work to be done before the town met the 2016 target, the issue was not of major concern just yet.

"It's something we're aware of and are keeping an eye on. I think it's been OK for a while. It is of concern, not a massive concern, but we are going to be looking at an education programme."

She said some people were not using their wood burners correctly, with the possibility some were burning wet items.

ECan is working with the Timaru District Council on ways to improve the situation.

The Timaru Herald