Police called over burning tyres incident

Monday June 18, 2018 Published in Letters to the Editor
Setting them alight with car tyres is not the right way to dispose of coconut tree stumps, a letter-writer says. Setting them alight with car tyres is not the right way to dispose of coconut tree stumps, a letter-writer says.

Dear Editor.

I write this in both concern and shock at what happened over two days in Arorangi last week when someone burned car tyres without a thought for other people in the neighbourhood.

 

It seems that a person who had several coconut trees cut down to make way for accommodation, decided that the best way to dispose of the trunks of the trees was to wrap them in car tyres and burn them! 

This person was asked to stop once the plumes of black smoke and pollutant were evident in the surrounding areas, but would only respond with a shrug. The Ministry of Environment was then called. The staff there said they were leaving for the day and would check it out “tomorrow.”

Really?  A bit late by then! So then the police were called and thankfully, they came and put an end to the burning that was obviously going to continue.

Is this really the attitude or lack of education of some people?  It really is hard to fathom that people still think it is OK to burn all kinds of rubbish, poisonous, hazardous, plastic or other, without even thinking if it has any impact, most importantly, on the health of those who are breathing these toxic gases. These are your own people and family you are poisoning.

There are people on the island who can get rid of coconut stumps, just ask around. Yes, it will cost you money, but in the long run, you are helping your fellow islanders, and you will surely reap the benefits once you have built your buildings to make money off our tourists who come here for the clean fresh air.

Please think about it!

            Can’t Believe It

            (Name and address supplied)

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