Prohibition of Waste Disposal by Burning

Waste Management (Prohibition of Waste Disposal by Burning) Regulations 2009

The Waste Management (Prohibition of Waste Disposal by Burning) Regulations 2009 was signed into law by Minister Gormley in September 2009. The new legislation outlines the following:

  • It is an offence to burn any type of waste including garden waste.
  • Household waste cannot be disposed of by burning within the curtilage or in any other part of the dwelling.
  • It is an offence to burn household waste by use of stoves or open fires.
  • There is an exemption to allow farmers to dispose by burning of untreated/uncontaminated wood, trees, trimmings, leaves, bushes or similar materials generated by agricultural practices as a final option
  • On the 1st January 2014, if farmers wish to carry out any burning they must make an application for a Certificate of Registration under the Waste Management (Facility Permit and Registration) Regulations. However until this time farmers may carry out burning of untreated/uncontaminated wood, trees, trimmings, leaves, bushes or similar materials generated by agriculture provided they can prove that all other options of disposal are found to be unviable.

A farmer who wishes to carry out the burning as a last resort will have to notify Louth County Council in the form of the statutory notice (See Schedule notice attached). Louth County Council may issue a notice to a person regarding the steps to be taken regarding the proposed burning.

Burning of Uncontaminated Agricultural Waste - Application Form