HALLOWEEN can be a lot of
fun especially for our children and young people and
while we want everyone to have an enjoyable time, it is
the time of year when we ask the community to remember
that bonfires can cause serious damage both to our
health and the environment.
There has been a significant reduction in the number of
bonfires over recent years as the public recognise the
importance of responsible waste management and avail of
the wide range of waste and recycling services
In the lead up to
Halloween Night Donegal County Council is asking
householders, businesses and communities not to provide
materials for bonfires.
Suzanne Bogan, Waste Awareness Officer with the Council
says that: “while traditionally wood and straw were used
on bonfires, in recent times materials such as tyres,
mattresses, couches, furniture, plastics, aerosols,
foam, metal, painted timber, treated timber, household
waste etc are burned on bonfires. This type of activity
is illegal. It is also an offence to supply waste
materials to parties collecting for bonfires."
Bonfires can also very often be built close to houses
and other property and can cause serious damage and
injuries particularly where the burning of highly
combustible materials is taking place. The Council’s
Environment Section has produced a short video above on
the issues with bonfires and you can also view the 'Stay
Safe at Halloween' video message below created by the
Donegal Fire Service.
Contact the emergency
services by calling 999 or 112 if you see a bonfire
being lit close to buildings, trees, overhead cables,
underground services or car parking areas.