Story: Sewage, water and waste

Marfell Park

Marfell Park

In 2009 workers laying a stormwater drain at New Plymouth’s Marfell Park, the site of the city’s dump until the 1960s, unearthed two drums containing chemicals. They turned out to be toxic chemicals used in the manufacture of herbicides. Unsupervised dumping was the norm until the 1990s at many tips, especially in rural areas. Actively monitoring what people are dumping in the 2000s makes it less likely that hazardous substances will be left.

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Christine Dann, 'Sewage, water and waste - Cleaning up dumps', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/24456/marfell-park (accessed 12 July 2020)

Story by Christine Dann, published 11 Mar 2010