Air pollution

Garden bonfires

We receive more complaints about bonfires than any other form of air pollution.  

The polluting effect of low level smoke is considerable, particularly in built up areas and bonfire smoke contains pollutants that can have damaging health effects. Bonfires often cause discomfort, inconvenience and bad feeling between neighbours.

We are committed to improving air quality and therefore discourage this method of disposal of garden or other waste. If you need to dispose of garden or other waste we encourage you to use sustainable methods such as composting, shredding and recycling.  

We provide a green garden waste collection service - for more information see Garden waste collection service.

We are able to take formal action under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 when burning of garden waste is a regular occurrence and a statutory nuisance is caused. If we take action against you, you could be liable for a fine of up to £5,000.