15 May 2014

Asbestos dump draws $67,000 fine

3:42 pm on 15 May 2014

A Tauranga demolition company has been fined $67,687 for illegally disposing of asbestos-contaminated waste and clearing native plants.

'C' Side Services was found to have taken waste containing asbestos from a local church in April last year and burying it at a property in the suburb of Otumoetai.

The owner, Stephen Walling, was also convicted of clearing a protected ecological area.

Mr Walling claimed to have cleared the plants and buried the waste to create a driveway.

But the Tauranga District Court heard that a large quantity of buried asbestos was costly to remove and could be harmful to health.

Mr Walling has also been told to re-vegetate and remediate the land.

Illegal dumping of asbestos waste is a global problem - this was dumped in France.

Illegal dumping of asbestos waste is a global problem - this was dumped in France. Photo: File picture - AFP