Stewart Dickson MLA said: “I am very pleased to see the Orange Order encouraging bonfire organisers not to accept tyres. It is a health and safety problem that must be urgently addressed.
“Toxic fumes could be released if tyres are burnt on bonfires. This could pose a serious health risk to those watching the bonfire and people in the surrounding area, including young people.
“Organisers must ensure that bonfires are built in a safe and respectful manner. I hope that the Orange Order will also encourage the removal of tyres that are already on bonfires.”