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The disposal of waste (household and commercial waste) by uncontrolled burning/backyard burning is an offence.

An exemption is provided for farmers, under specific circumstances, until 1st January 2014. After this date all such activities will require registration and permits.

Burning of bushes is prohibited from 1 Mar - 31 Aug. If a farmer wishes to apply to burn bushes outside of these dates then he/she must complete the attached form and submit it to the Environment Dept., Westmeath County Council, County Buildings, Mullingar.