Air Quality

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Chimney Smoke

Firewood heaters and firewood stoves are utilities of choice for many Mundaring residences. Wood smoke resulting from the burning of firewood and other materials contains a mix of chemicals and particles which are hazardous to human health when inhaled. Fire places and wood stoves are a major source of air pollution and can be observed nuisance to other residents.

Some ways to reduce smoke pollution include:

  • Storing firewood in a dry, ventilated place and only burning dry wood
  • Using plenty of kindling and paper to establish an efficient flame
  • Maintaining air circulation in the firebox
  • Keeping air controls fully open for 10 minutes after lighting or refuelling
  • Getting the flue checked and cleaned by a professional before winter begins
  • Observing smoke produce leaving chimney and checking excess smoke
  • Never burning rubbish or chemically treated wood

More information –

Troubleshooting your smoky chimney - Department of Water and Environmental Regulation

Woodheaters and woodsmoke - Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment


Green Waste and Backyard Burning

The burning of green waste is a commonly utilised by the residents of Mundaring as a means to reduce fuel load and property maintenance. Wood smoke can be especially dangerous for people with existing respiratory problems, for the very young and the elderly. Efforts should be made to ensure that any produced smoke does not become a nuisance to neighbours, including:

  • Notifying neighbours prior to conducting the burn
  • Attending to and maintaining control of the fire at all times
  • Not burning damp, wet or green material in avoiding the production of excessive smoke

There are many alternatives available for the disposal of green waste and garden refuse, including:

  • Residents and ratepayers have free, unlimited entry to Shire of Mundaring's Waste Transfer Stations for disposal of waste plant material
  • Garden waste can be chipped into mulch or composed

More information –

Fire and Emergency Services

Backyard Burning – Burn Wise


Dust

Dust and sand drift can be a nuisance to the community. Most problems with dust and sand drift arise from subdivision developments, building sites, brick carting trucks, land clearing, industrial properties, road works, excavation sites, landfill sites and storms. Dust control is particularly important in dry weather due to the increase in winds, drying out rates, water conservation measures and the reduction of vegetation.

Property owners or occupiers of a premise have the responsibility to prevent sand or dust causing a nuisance, whether it affects private land or Shire land, such as verges, footpaths and roads.

The following measures can be used when building or developing land to prevent dust and drift sand:

  • Wind fencing
  • Apply water
  • Hydro mulching
  • Chemical stabilisation/binding agents
  • Covering all piles of sand or other building material



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