Warning as spring burning season looms
Northlanders are being asked to be courteous and follow the rules if they start thinking about burning unwanted vegetation and other waste material over spring.
Northland Regional Council chairman Bill Shepherd says historically, the council has preferred to educate in most cases, rather than take enforcement action, but its approach had toughened in recent years as backyard burning continued to generate large numbers of complaints.
He says roughly a quarter of all calls to the NRC’s 24/7 environmental hotline involve complaints about burning and/or associated smoke nuisance.
‘‘Open burning at industrial or trade premises is not permitted under our Regional Air Quality Plan and businesses breaching this rule now typically receive a $1000 instant fine rather than the warning they may have got previously.’’
In general the regional council is keen to encourage alternatives to backyard burning wherever possible.
Information on burning rules is available from the council’s website: www.nrc.govt.nz/backyardburning or phone 0800 504 639 to report nuisance or other burning.
The regional council is encouraging people to follow the appropriate burning rules.