A recycling station which has turned into a rubbish-strewn eyesore at the entrance to Okaihau is to be removed.
Okaihau is one of several Far North towns to use a bin called a Molok, -- where residents can leave recyclable waste.
However, people are using it to dump all manner of rubbish.
Dogs and wind then spread the rubbish and residents say the mess also attracts vermin and poses a traffic risk due to rubbish blowing across the road.
Far North District Council
spokesman Richard Edmondson said the Molok would be removed because of the ongoing illegal dumping, as soon as a new recycling station was opened on council land at Waiare Rd between SH1 and Wehirua Rd. The new station should be operational by the end of the month.
The council hoped the less conspicuous site, away from SH1, would result in less illegal dumping by people from outside the area.
Maromaku, Motatau and Horeke also had Moloks but fewer problems than Okaihau, possibly because their bins were not on busy highways.
The new recycling station, being built on Okaihau's old dump, would take the same recyclables as the Molok. It would be similar to those already operating at Rawene, Whangaroa, Peria, Broadwood and Totara North.