a new breed of gangsters

We have a new breed of gangsters in our midst. What do they look like? Just like you and me. Like friends. Like Family.

Are they stealing from the poor? or the rich? No, they are stealing from our children.

Is it the government? Is it the banks?, I hear you ask while mirrornodding your head sagely? No, it is the ordinary man or woman queueing beside you in the supermarket; it’s your neighbours.                 It might even be you.

This pervasive offence  has sprung up since the introduction of waste charges.

People are burning their rubbish.

That’s ILLEGAL folks! It’s breaking the law. It’s polluting the atmosphere. It’s ILLEGAL. It’s UNLAWFUL.

Failure to comply with these regulations is an offence and fines of up to €3,000 may be imposed.

It has to stop.

Image courtesy of Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Image courtesy of Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Burning waste in your home or garden can damage your health, your children’s health and your neighbour’s health.

It causes the release of toxic dioxins which are a real hazard for peoples’ health and the environment.

People may think that they are doing the right thing by reducing the amount of waste going to land fill, but they’re not. Burning household rubbish is illegal, dangerous to health and destroying our atmosphere in which ever order you wish to choose!

“If your neighbour or someone else you see is illegally burning waste, then in the interest of your own health and the environment, please report the incident to the 24 hour National Environmental Complaints Line, lo-call telephone number 1850 365 121.  More information on making environmental complaints can be viewed in our leaflet ‘See Something? Say something!’.”

How to make an environmental complaint

So what to do? Join me over the coming weeks. I will look at what can be done and what is being done.

In the meantime, Look in the mirror. Is it you?


About Pat Murphy

True to me; Mother, Wife, Friend, Environmentalist; Living comfortably; Being warm; Knowing what's enough; Chair of WFQA (Irish wood fuel quality assurance scheme)
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10 Responses to a new breed of gangsters

  1. Naomi says:

    Great post and this really needs to be said. We are all too used to turning a blind eye to what is happening in our neighbourhood, or unsure of what the legal status is!

  2. Chris Brennan says:

    Hi we had a problem with one of the neighbours back yard burning and we used http://fixmyarea.com/ that might help you, I like it as you can add photos covers a lot of other issues as well

  3. Theda barrow says:

    When we lived in Chingford, the council used to burn everything…loads of people in our street near the waste depot died from cancer, including an 18 year old boy, a friend of the family. Tragic!

    • Pat Murphy says:

      Hello Theda. Tragic.. It must be stopped. It is doing untold damage.
      Where is Chingford?
      Thanks for sharing. Pat

    • Pat Murphy says:

      hello Theda,
      That is so sad.
      The damage we so carelessly do to others.
      I’ve written a new post about the solution. It should be online tomorrow. I hope you will read it.
      Thanks for reading this one. Pat

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