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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