Council warns against bonfires

North Tipperary County Council would like to remind households and businesses not to use bonfires and fireplaces to dispose of household waste or hazardous waste. Halloween is a fun time for children and adults alike and should be a safe experience.

North Tipperary County Council would like to remind households and businesses not to use bonfires and fireplaces to dispose of household waste or hazardous waste. Halloween is a fun time for children and adults alike and should be a safe experience.

While traditionally wood and straw were used for bonfires there is increasing evidence that individuals are using Halloween bonfires as an opportunity to dispose of waste illegally.

The uncontrolled burning of waste, particularly in bonfires, is against the law and releases toxic pollutants into the air which are known to be damaging to our health and environment. Burning of waste in this manner is illegal under the Air Pollution Act, 1987, and The Waste Management Act, 1996.

Deirdre Cox, environmental awareness officer with North Tipperary County Council, warned: “Providing household waste material for burning in a Halloween bonfire is committing a criminal offence. It also harmful to the environment.”

Ms Cox added: “As we approach Halloween time, we see everything from tyres and lawnmowers to sofas and gas bottles heaped up on our open spaces, ready for the big night.”

She said an alternative would be to take part in Thurles Halloween Arts Festival, which runs until this Friday, November 1, a family themed festival, with a fireworks show on Halloween night, or those around Nenagh can join in the fun of Spleodar,Nenagh’s Community Arts Festival, which ends on Thursday, October 31, with a fireworks display.