Keep your bonfire under control (domestic
Bonfires have been a means of disposing of domestic and garden
waste for many years. However bonfires can be irritating to your
neighbours. Not only will your bonfire add to the general
background level of air pollution, but residents who suffer from
chest complaints may be affected by the smoke.
The Council does not support burning of waste as there are many
alternatives to having a bonfire, including composting and
Prevent your bonfire becoming a nuisance:
- Limit the smoke by burning only dry material
- Never burn household rubbish or rubber tyres, or use oil to
light the fire
- Never light a fire in unsuitable weather conditions - smoke
hangs in the air on damp still days and in the evening
- Never burn when the wind will carry the smoke over the roads or
other people's property
- Avoid burning at weekends and on Bank Holidays when people want
to enjoy their gardens
- Never leave a fire unattended or leave it to smoulder - douse
it with water if necessary
Remember - where the Council is satisfied there is a statutory
nuisance, action can be taken under the Environmental Protection
Act 1990. Private individuals are also able to take their own
action through the Magistrates court.
Suffering from smoke nuisance?
In some cases an informal approach may solve the problem:
- Talk to your neighbours and let them know that their bonfires
are causing a nuisance - they may be unaware of the problem if
no-one else has complained
- Suggest a solution such as an appropriate time when they can
have the occasional bonfire, which will cause you least nuisance,
or suggest a suitable alternative
- Allow your neighbours reasonable time to make the necessary
arrangements to prevent the nuisance
Commercial bonfires are only permitted in a small number of
situations. This is usually not an acceptable method of disposing
of commercial waste. The majority of commercial waste disposal
operations are licensed and managed by The Environment Agency.
If there is a persistent problem, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or
telephone 01992 785511.