The disposal of waste by uncontrolled burning is an offence.
Meath County Council advise that the Waste Management (Prohibition of Waste Disposal By Burning) Regulations 2009, allowing farmers to dispose of waste generated by agricultural practices by burning has now expired.
It is now an offence under the Air Pollution Act 1987, and the Waste Management Act 1996 as amended, to dispose of Agricultural waste such as bushes, branches and trees, etc by burning.
The alternative options for the farmers are as follows:
- waste arisings are reduced in accordance with best agricultural practice
- waste is reused where practicable,
- is recycled through shredding and use as compost or wood chippings
- is salvaged for use as fuel where practicable