Farmer fined for illegally burning tyres

A Canterbury farm and its director have been fined $18,000 for illegally burning hundreds of tyres. 

Glenarm Limited, through its director Daniel Symons, pleaded guilty to three charges each of breaking the Resource Management Act 1991 on 23 October 2016.

Today, Symons was sentenced to $10,500, and the company was fined $7,500 in the Environment Court.

On October 23 2016, Symons lit a large fire to dispose of about 500 unwanted tyres at his Ashburton farm.

The Methven Volunteer Fire Brigade and the Alford Forest Rural Fire Force attended after a 111 call.

On arrival, the fire services found a fierce fire that would take considerable time and resource to extinguish.  Given that the fire was contained, the fire services left the fire to burn out.

After the fire, Symons buried or ploughed under the remnants of the fire.

Environment Canterbury laid three charges under the Resource Management Act 1991 in relation to the fire; two for the burning of the tyres and one for discharging contaminants onto and into land.

Environment Canterbury solicitor Vanessa Sugrue said burning tyres was prohibited by both a National Environmental Standard and Regional Rules.

“There are substantial fines if you do burn tyres, and people found doing so can expect to be prosecuted.” 

Read further information visit Environment Canterbury's monitoring and compliance page.