HOUSEHOLDS and businesses in Louth are being urged not to use Halloween bonfires to dispose of household waste or hazardous waste.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is reminding people county-wide that only someone carrying a Waste Collection Permit is allowed to stockpile waste.
With many people now collecting materials for use in bonfires, the EPA is warning that breaches of waste regulations could lead to fines of up to e3,000.
The National Waste Reports estimate that approximately 20 per cent (or one in five) households do not avail of a waste collection service.
“Halloween is a fun time of year for everyone but should not be used as an excuse to burn waste. The EPA wants everyone to enjoy a safe and happy Halloween so it is unfortunate when some people use this festive time to dispose of waste illegally,” said Gerard O’Leary of the EPA.
“We want to remind people that Halloween should not be used as an excuse to burn waste. Burning waste in this way contributes to over half of all dioxin emissions in the country. ”
Old car tyres are a particular favourite for Halloween bonfires. However, they produce toxic fumes which can damage both health and the environment. Backyard burning and unauthorised bonfires should be reported to Louth Local Authority or telephone 1850-365121.