A TIGHTENING of the rules on burning garden waste has been introduced by the Dordogne préfecture, with the risk of a heavy fine hanging over transgressors.
The new rules bring a complete ban on the burning of garden waste between 1 March and 30 September.
In the past restrictions could be introduced due to the fear of forest fires, but now the ban not only covers this risk but also is an attempt to cut down on air pollution.
The burning of any other type of household waste is banned completely, and while it is possible to burn some garden waste in the winter months, you will still need to request permission through your local mairie three days in advance.
The authorities are suggesting that people let garden waste compost naturally, or take it along to their local waste tip, or dechetterie, for it to be dealt with there.
If you do decide to burn garden waste on your property illegally then you face a fine of 450 euros.
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Welcome back. Missed my little nutmegs of rural France.Seems recycling may not be the panacea that we all hoped it would be.Here in the UK we are now being asked to pay for our green waste bin collections, with a discount being offered for on line payments. The worry is it may lead to an increase in fly tipping or possibly, as in your case, increased garden fires.
Posted by: Ian McGinty | 13 April 2017 at 13:28
Not sure over here we'd accept being charged twice for green waste removal - we pay our taxes and expect a service. Although, as you know, out in the sticks we have to take the rubbish to the bins ourselves anyway,
Posted by: Craig McGinty | 14 April 2017 at 06:34
We are used to paying taxes then being charged a premium that's the way it works in the UK . Anytime anything works the powers that be whether it be central or local government find a way to get some additional funds out of it. The bins are going to be identified with a sticker this will mean you'll have to put your bin out at the last moment before collection because we've all seen what happens when a skip is left overnight..As for taking the rubbish to the tips the queues at Stretford and Altrincham are already long enough, any increase and they would need their own traffic policeman.
Posted by: Ian McGinty | 16 April 2017 at 14:04