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Farming’s dirty secret: Thousands of tonnes of waste buried or burned each year – Hazwaste

Regional councils suspect thousands of tonnes of contaminated waste are being buried on farms every year – but there’s little they can do about it.

Most of the dumping takes place on private land, and councils are left relying on whistleblowers to dob in any illegal activity.

Various regional council surveys have shown an average farm generates between 20-40 tonnes of waste a year. What is not known is how much of that includes hazardous substances and recyclables that are either buried in pits or burned, out of sight and out of mind.


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