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Post by GD on Tue 19 Jul 2011, 5:39 pm

Restrictions on what can be burnt on bonfires could come into force, if a report by Guernsey's Environmental Health Unit gets States approval.

The unit has suggested islanders should only be able burn dry garden waste as part of moves to help keep air quality high.

Val Cameron, Environmental Health Unit director, said the idea had come from a recent public consultation.

Mrs Cameron said the aim was to try to maintain the environment for islanders.

In its report, the unit looked at possible changes to the island's Environmental Pollution Law from 2004.

The report recommends introducing licensing for large plants and industrial processes, which allows them only to operate if they comply with the requirement of the licence, to control how much air pollution is produced.

'Happy about controls'

Mrs Cameron said: "In addition to that are lots of other provisions in the law that we would like to see implemented.

"Commercial bonfires are already controlled through our waste legislation, but that doesn't cover domestic burning, for example."

She said 80% of those who responded to last year's public consultation were happy about controls being introduced for garden bonfires, although the majority of respondents were against an outright ban.

The report also recommends the introduction of air quality standards.

Mrs Cameron said she hoped the report would go before the States before the end of the year.
(from BBC)


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Post by schoolyjo on Tue 19 Jul 2011, 9:17 pm

can we have firework restrictions too

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Post by schoolyjo on Tue 19 Jul 2011, 9:18 pm

actually can we just restrict everything !

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Post by Thistle on Wed 20 Jul 2011, 7:27 am

so they want us just to recycle everything then.maybe they would like to give us all a petrol allowance for driving down to the green waste site at chouet ,or for driving round the island trying to find recycle bins that are full...yes i do burn in the garden but only bills,bank statements etc
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Post by kat on Wed 20 Jul 2011, 11:54 am

i recycle what i can but perhaps it needs to be done better
lots of folks do not drive and as thistle says it cost for fuel
so we have two collections per week so make one for all recycles to be collected and the other for general rubbish
this way no one has an excuse
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