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Old Sep 6th 2017, 7:22 pm   #1
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Greetings.

I wonder if anyone knows the exact laws/regulation regarding the burning of garden refuse?

Are the regs regarding the burning of refuse local or country or indeed EU wide?

The reason for the above question is that I was burning some garden refuse tonight. The weather was clear and there was NO wind. I was of course present and had a hosepipe present with a strong water supply. I am aware that sparks can carry a long distance.

After about 10/15 minutes of burning, the mayor lady came by. I am guessing someone must have alerted her to the fact that I was burning something – a separate issue that I will address at the soonest opportunity.

From the short conversation, I understood the words nem and something about holnap and the German word for fires.
I do know what the words mean and out of respect, - she has helped me out in the past - I immediately put the fire out without any argument or gripe.

Whilst I am – most of the time – compliant – I like to deal in fact and fact of law. If the mayor lady (that’s what we call her here) is outside her jurisdiction I will let it be known as such. If I am in breach of some local/state/international law then I will apologize and make another plan with the garden refuse.

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Old Sep 6th 2017, 8:53 pm   #2
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It is my understanding that burning garden rubbish is not against the regulations, although during exceptional dry periods open fires are banned on the grounds of safety, however each village has, under the regulations, a specified day/time that garden bonfires are allowed (each village is different). This is done to avoid conflicts e.g. clean washing hung out to dry getting smoked. Some villages take this seriously some do not, however if a complaint was made that you were burning outside of the prescribed time then the lady mayor would have to say something.

Of course the only thing that can be burnt is vegetative waste. Some villages have started to have annual vegetative waste collections (usually in the autumn) to avoid the need for burning. Failing the collections, composting is a better solution.
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Old Sep 6th 2017, 10:03 pm   #3
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..... Of course the only thing that can be burnt is vegetative waste. Some villages have started to have annual vegetative waste collections (usually in the autumn) to avoid the need for burning. Failing the collections, composting is a better solution.
IMO burning and composting are complementary not alternatives. Leafy vegetation can (IMO should be) composted, and I burn woody, non-compostable waste, unless I have access to a chipper, which I sometimes rent. ..... Burning leaves, even dry ones in the autumn, makes a lot of smoke and is pointless, and arguably antisocial, when you can compost them.

In the autumn we like to burn some branches and a couple of split logs then cook sausages or steaks, bake potatoes, and cook some onions and mushrooms over the fire in an iron pan.
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Old Sep 7th 2017, 3:54 am   #4
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Thanks for the replies. I will go and see the mayor today to get things straight.

Having kept an eye on the weather as well as the prevailing winds (of which there was almost none) I made sure that I had only started the fire after dark. The direction of the very slight breeze meant that the closet house to be affected would be about 2/3 miles away. I would have thought most peoples washing and stuff would have been taken off the line by about 7.30 pm especially as rain was forecast.

The stuff being burnt was a bit big for composting. The chipper idea is a sound one and I will look into this asap.

I have some tree stumps to get rid of as these came out the ground over the weekend.
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Problem solved!

We can burn garden refuse on Thursdays during the day and before say 6pm, but not in summer. That helps a lot as its raining today.
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We can burn garden refuse on Thursdays during the day and before say 6pm, but not in summer. That helps a lot as its raining today.
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A bit OT:
If you have more "woody" stuff like branches or bamboo even you can put it through a "Häcksler" (as we say in German and then on the compost heap - or straight under the bushes, trees and grapes where it helps keep the earth wet (says my wife).
Some time ago I bought this kind of machine (apritó) at the Lidl for about 100 €.
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Hi all,


The refuse collecters here in Komárom-Esztergom megye will take garden waste once a fortnight if it's in see-through bags, or in your normal refuse bin (with the ordainary rubbish removed of course). They will also take "woody" stuff if bundled together in lengths no longer than 70 cm. This is good because some branches/twigs are too small to put through the shredder and you're overflowing with kindling.


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Life is so complicated in Hungary! I have been piling up branches and stuff for a bonfire but I didn't know I could only have it on a certain day. I will perhaps just watch for smoke and have my fire the same day as someone else in the village.
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Life is so complicated in Hungary! I have been piling up branches and stuff for a bonfire but I didn't know I could only have it on a certain day. I will perhaps just watch for smoke and have my fire the same day as someone else in the village.
Ask at the local council office, they will either tell you the day or tell you to get on with it!
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Life is so complicated in Hungary! I have been piling up branches and stuff for a bonfire but I didn't know I could only have it on a certain day. I will perhaps just watch for smoke and have my fire the same day as someone else in the village.
There's certainly no hard and fast rule in my area of Borsod-Abauj-Zemplen about having bonfires. There's always a bonfire going irrespective of the day.
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Life is complicated. It might be simpler if you learned the language !
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