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ECan to test firewood of supermarket clients

ECan to test firewood of supermarket clients

As part of a new service Environment Canterbury is heading for the supermarkets. Shoppers who bring along a freshly split log can get it tested for moisture content by ECan at the Timaru Countdown on Saturday, July 5, between 11am and 2pm.

The service is free and is part of a campaign to clean up Timaru’s winter air. Burning wet wood causes air pollution and gives you less heat than dry wood. Ideally the moisture content of firewood is around 15%. It is illegal to burn wood with moisture content over 25%.

People who miss the testing in the supermarket can also bring in a freshly split log to the Environment Canterbury customer services area to get it tested there during office hours.

There are 33 to 50 high pollution nights every winter in Timaru. To meet the National Environmental Standard in five years time, this needs to reduce to one high pollution night a year by 2013 or less. It is estimated that 92 per cent of Timaru’s winter air pollution is caused by home heating with wood and coal. So far this winter (up to July 2) Timaru had 24 high pollution nights. See http://www.ecan.govt.nz/Our+Environment/Air/Monitoring/Air+Pollution+Today.htm or

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