The government is looking at alternatives to bush burning


A study is to be carried out to find alternatives to burning green waste on farms after Secretary of State Ossian Smyth said the current exemption allowing the practice is unlikely to be extended next year.

An exception to existing waste management laws allows for the permissible disposal of agricultural waste by incineration under certain conditions, including when the material consists of uncontaminated wood, trees, tree clippings, leaves, scrub and similar waste.

Secretary Eamon Ryan granted the last extension of the exemption in February.

Speaking to the Seanad last week, Minister Smyth said it was never intended to extend the exemption indefinitely, adding he understood it would be the final extension.

“My department has joined forces with the Department for Agriculture, Food and Marine on this matter and has agreed to undertake a feasibility study to look into this matter in detail to determine alternative measures to incinerate agricultural green waste within the Irish context and access to the practicality of these alternatives,” he said.

The feasibility study includes a literature review of alternative practices that have been carried out in other regions comparable to Ireland that are viable, practical and environmentally sound. The study will also include a public stakeholder consultation, he said.

“The study, which is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2022, will identify possible alternative measures to incineration and the potential benefits and challenges associated with them.

“This study will help guide appropriate policy action to establish alternative measures to incineration on Irish farms,” ​​said Minister Smyth.

The problem of air pollution caused by this practice is well known, the minister said, adding: “We are trying to steer a course here while doing what is right for citizens to breathe air and also for farmers.” The government is looking at alternatives to bush burning

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