Farmers face penalties for dodgy fires

JACQUIE WEBBY
Last updated 07:10 22/12/2013

Relevant offers

Agribusiness

Government injection brings biosecurity funding to $248 million Myrtle rust infected properties reach 26 Owl Farm finishes season up one per cent on milk production Myrtle rust infected sites grow to 25 across country Investors and the business of water Minimising rain inflows into ponds critical over wet winter months Myrtle rust positive results now total 25 nationwide Illegal release biggest risk to success of new rabbit virus Myrtle rust fungus threatens not only birds, bees, trees but also economy Deer industry leaders paint rosy portrait as sector makes gradual comeback

Landowners who stockpile agricultural wraps and plastics planning for a big burnup could find themselves in trouble with the long arm of the law.

From January 1, farmers will not be able to burn polyethylene agricultural silage bale wraps.

Rules for a burning a variety of waste materials generated from domestic and business activities changed in 2011.

Under the Natural Resources Regional Plan (NRRP), anyone burning a variety of materials including metals, treated wood, other plastics, empty containers and other wraps, could be penalised.

First time offenders can expect to pay $300, repeat offenders could face a fine of up to $1050 and persistent offenders could be prosecuted.

Clean air rules apply all year round in residential areas and farmers should check with Environment Canterbury or Rural Fire if they are unsure of what they can burn and when.

Prohibited materials for outdoor burning include treated wood including chip board, particle board and laminated boards, painted, stained or oiled wood; all plastics including agrichemical containers or agricultural wrap; metals and materials containing metals; any fuel with a sulphur content greater than 1 per cent by weight; materials containing asbestos; all rubber including tyres; tar or bitumen; used or waste oil; medical and pathological waste; quarantine and animal waste; motor vehicle parts; paint and other surface coasting materials; and, sludge from industrial processes.

Ad Feedback

- The Timaru Herald

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content