Residents in Winton say they are shocked to learn asbestos-contaminated soil and concrete from demolished buildings in Christchurch, could soon be dumped at a nearby landfill.
It's understood the plan to transport the waste south is part of a tender proposal to the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority.
Publican John McHugh said he'd need to be reassured the plan was a safe one before he'd agree to it happening on his doorstep.
Another Winton resident, who did not want to be named, said the lack of consultation isn't good enough.
Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee conceded in Parliament on Thursday that moving the waste out of Canterbury instead of using Kate Valley landfill could save money.
But New Zealand First MP Denis O'Rourke said while Kate Valley may be more expensive, it's the safest option.
He said corners should not be cut for the sake of a few dollars.