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Tyre burning forum for Northern Ireland councils

Northern Ireland environment minister Mark Durkan is to host a forum on illegal tyre burning.

The event is open to Northern Ireland local councils who will discuss how to eliminate the problem.

Speaking in the Stormont Parliament, Durkan said that greater action was needed to help councils deal with the crime.

“A complex problem needs us all to show willingness to develop a resolution,” he said.

While the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) cannot remove waste from bonfire sites, it can issue a notice to landowners to dispose of the waste in a specific manner.

But in most cases, this would result in “one public body taking legal action against another public body, and that is clearly in no one’s interest”, Durkan commented.

The NIEA can prosecute producers or transporters of controlled waste if there is evidence to show that they are allowing the material to be burned on a bonfire.

In this case, “any enforcement action will be taken against the producer or transporter of the waste and not against the landowner,” said Durkan.

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