This winter is the last winter Rotorua property owners have before their old wood burners, multi-fuel burners and coal burners will become illegal to use and new regulations come into force.
It is now illegal for homeowners to use chip heaters, coal ranges, cookers and Marshall heaters.
Rotorua has a wintertime air quality problem and old burners are by far the biggest issue contributing to this problem.
There are about 3000 old burners left in Rotorua that were installed before 2006.
They burn wood or coal inefficiently putting excessive smokey particles into the environment which also affects people’s health, especially the young, elderly and those with respiratory illnesses.
By replacing old wood burners and banning coal ranges, cookers, chip heaters and Marshall heaters less smoke and pollutants end up in the air.
Bay of Plenty Regional Council Councillor Lyall Thurston said it is important that all homeowners in the Rotorua area understand that smoke from fires is the main contributor to Rotorua's air pollution and is affecting people’s health.
“It’s an urban myth that everyone burning dry wood will solve Rotorua’s wintertime air pollution. It won’t.”
“New wood burner technology is designed to produce significantly less smoke and to combat this issue we need to work collectively together as a community."
This is the second last winter before it will be illegal to use a fire installed before 2006.
Homeowners are still allowed to have fires in their home, but they need to be clean air approved burners, he said.
Bay of Plenty Regional Council Toi Moana has a number of schemes to help homeowners to replace dirty old fuel burners.
To find out more call the Bay of Plenty Regional Council toll-free between the hours of 8 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday on 0800 468 792. Or visit www.cleanairrotorua.co.nz