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EPA's Burn-off Reminder

EPA's Burn-off Reminder

Don't toss any old waste onto the fire, says EPA

With landholders making use of cooler weather to get some burning done, the Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) is warning that the mistake of tossing waste into the flames when burning off can be costly for farmers and the environment.

EPA South West Regional Manager Carolyn Francis says many waste items turn toxic the moment they go into the fire.

“Farm waste items like silage wrap, chemical containers and old tyres don’t burn properly, but it will produce toxic smoke, and can send residue into waterways and create chemical contamination that persists in the soil.” Ms Francis said.

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Fallen trees or other natural wood being burnt should be as dry as possible to keep down the volume of smoke, and farmers should make sure they have any relevant council or CFA permits.

Timber from buildings, furniture or other manufactured products must not be burnt because of the likelihood that it has been chemically treated.

“By thinking twice about what goes onto the pile when burning off, you can protect the environment and the wellbeing of your farm, your family and your neighbours,” Ms Francis said.

There’s information on waste disposal and recycling at sustainability.vic.gov.au or on your local council website.

EPA urges people to report suspected pollution to the EPA on 1300 372 842 (1300 EPA VIC).

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