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Dark Smoke

The Clean Air Act 1993 makes it an offence to emit dark smoke from any trade or industrial premises or to emit dark smoke from the burning of trade or industrial waste. Therefore, if you burn waste that has been produced from a trade or industrial process in your back garden and this emits dark smoke you can still be prosecuted under the Clean Air Act 1993.dark smoke bonfire

 

The emission of dark smoke is a strict offence and can be immediately prosecuted in the Magistrate's Court to a maximum of £20,000 per offence.

 

The maximum penalty for causing Statutory Nuisance from a trade premise is £20,000.

 

Waste produced during the course of normal business activity should be disposed of in an appropriate manner. Disposal by burning is not permissible and will be referred to the Environment Agency for investigation under the Waste Management Licensing Regulations 1994 relating to the disposal of trade waste.

 

Information regarding waste licensing can be obtained from the Environment Agency website at http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/.

 

Section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 makes it an offence to dispose of waste that is not from your property. So, if you were burning waste that has originated from your neighbour's property or from a business then this is illegal.

Dark Smoke

If you spot dark smoke coming from a trade or industrial premises (including farms) or you suspect someone is burning trade or industrial waste and causing dark smoke please contact the Environmental Heath Department on 01234 718099 immediately.

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