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New Regulations against "Backyard Burning"


The Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government (John Gormley T.D.) recently signed new regulations strengthening the law against waste disposal by uncontrolled burning, so-called backyard burning.

The Waste Management (Prohibition of Waste Disposal by Burning) Regulations 2009 make it an offence to dispose of waste by uncontrolled burning and various actions are prohibited by the Regulations, including burning within the curtilage of a dwelling.
Environment, Heritage and Local Government
Failure to comply with the new regulations is an offence and fines of up to €3,000 are applicable for summary offences brought to court.
“The current legislative provisions are not strong enough to tackle the wholly unacceptable practice of uncontrolled burning of waste”, said the Minister.
He added: “The Environmental Protection Agency highlighted backyard burning as a significant issue in its 2005 report on ‘The Nature and Extent of Unauthorised Waste Activity in Ireland’. In that report the EPA indicated that 80% of local authorities had identified backyard burning as being a significant problem.”
The Minister acknowledged the efforts made to date by local authorities to tackle the issue, which have had a heavy emphasis on awareness.
For more information on the new legislation... click here.



Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government (John Gormley T.D.)