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25/07/2021

EPA urges Leitrim businesses to make air quality a priority this Halloween

The EPA has released a short animation illustrating the dangers of illegal burning of waste and its impact on people’s health. As Halloween fast approaches the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is asking householders and businesses in Leitrim to protect people’s health by disposing of waste properly. Uncontrolled burning of waste pollutes air and is illegal.

EPA Scientific Officer Martin Doyle said: “Burning household waste, either in domestic fires or in the open, can release highly toxic substances into the air.  These substances include dioxins and they can be inhaled by children and adults nearby. Air pollution can seriously damage people’s health, particularly those suffering from heart or respiratory illnesses so while Halloween is a fun time of year, it should not be used as an excuse to burn waste. To keep our air clean, the EPA is asking people not to use bonfires to dispose of household or hazardous waste.” 

Some people may not be aware that waste disposal by uncontrolled burning (so-called backyard burning) is illegal.  Backyard burning and unauthorised bonfires should be reported to your local authority.  Please contact your local authority in Leitrim directly or phone the lo-call National Environmental Complaints Line: 1850 365 121 or use the See it? Say it! smart phone app.

Information about the types of air pollutants monitored by the EPA can be accessed here.

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