Top tips if you need to have a bonfire
Before you have a bonfire, please think about how this might affect your neighbours.
Bonfires cause local air pollution from smoke, odour and ash, which can affect your neighbours in their homes and gardens. In some locations, smoke can reduce visibility on nearby roads. Smoke can also adversely affect people with some existing medical conditions.
Before you have a bonfire, consider more environmentally friendly ways to dispose of your waste, such as home composting or join the green waste club. Visit www.tandridge.gov.uk/gardenwaste for more information.
Here are a few tips if you are thinking about having a bonfire:
- Let your neighbours know beforehand so they can close windows and take in their washing.
- Avoid having a bonfire when the wind may blow the smoke into neighbouring gardens and homes.
- Avoid having one when the air is still and damp, or in the evenings when smoke does not disperse as well.
- Make sure the bonfire is well away from neighbouring properties, sheds and fences.
- Never burn plastics, painted materials, plywood and chipboard as these give off poisonous chemicals.
- Only burn very dry materials which will burn more quickly and produce less smoke.
- Never leave a bonfire unattended or smouldering for hours.