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Incinerators and Backyard Burning

The City of Bayswater does not permit backyard burning or the use of incinerators. Burning off is an offence under the City's Health Local Laws 2001, for which penalties range from $100 to $1000.

Burning off, either on the ground or in an incinerator, causes smoke and ash which:

  • Is a nuisance to neighbours and other members of the community
  • Pollutes the atmosphere
  • Increases the risk of fire.

An easy alternative to burning off is using the City's waste services.

  • For bulk green or general waste, residents can use up to three skip bins a year. For more information please visit our bulk bin webpage.
  • For green waste, residents are provided with a green 240L bin which is emptied fortnightly. For more information please visit our bin and collection days webpage.
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pizza ovens, chimineas, fire pits and wood barbeques

The City permits the use of wood barbeques, pizza ovens, chimineas and fire pits. If using a wood barbeque, pizza oven or similar, it is important to use them safely by:

  • Adding wood logs gradually
  • Only burning dry wood that has been seasoned for one or two years
  • Not burning any waste or refuse
  • Being mindful of the location to neighbouring properties.

When used correctly, these applicances should produce minimal smoke and not be a nuisance to your neighbours.

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Dangers of smoke

Wood smoke is especially dangerous for:

  • People with existing respiratory problems
  • Children and young people
  • Elderly people.

Wood smoke is similar to tobacco smoke and can impact the health of anyone breathing it in. The health impacts of wood smoke are:

  • Eye, nose and throat irritation
  • Increased asthma and respiratory problems
  • Headaches, nausea and dizziness
  • Aggravation of chronic heart and lung conditions.

If you have any queries regarding smoke or burning off please contact the City's Environmental Health Section by:

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