[13 February/ Otago Daily Times]

Fish and Game have called for an urgent audit to be performed of illegal dumps on farms following media reports suggesting Regional Councils suspect that thousands of tonnes of contaminated waste is being buried on farms every year.  The councils believe that there is little they can do about the issue but Fish and Game CEO, Martin Taylor, said that the scale of the threat is significant as buried waste could contaminate the environment for decades to come, putting acquifers at risk and threatening communities.  He said it was important the scale of the problem is understood so that a plan can be developed to address it, including making the use of reputable companies that safely handle the disposal of waste mandatory.  A spokesperson for Environment Canterbury said that there was a lack of options for farmers to dispose of waste and the council was looking at options to make disposal easier for farmers.