Burning Waste is Illegal

The Waste Management (Prohibition of Waste Disposal by Burning) Regulations, 2009 (as amended) specifically prohibit the disposal of household and commercial waste by burning, also called backyard burning.

These regulations explicitly make the disposal of waste by burning an offence under both the Air Pollution Act, 1987 and the Waste Management Act, 1996 (as amended).

This includes burning waste in a:

  • Domestic fireplace
  • Home incinerator
  • Barrell
  • Bonfire of any type

Obey the Law

Burning waste is an offence, which can be prosecuted at District Court Level for which heavy fines up to €5,000 apply upon conviction.

There is one exception and that is for the agricultural community - this permits farmers to burn green waste (vegetation) generated from agricultural practices.

Please note that farmers must have written permission from the Local Authority to burn vegetation and all burning operations should be notified to the Fire Service, via the control centre by telephoning 999. This derogation is due to expire on 1st January, 2022.

Full details are available at Burning of Agricultural Vegetation Permit.