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Garden Bonfires – Advice Leaflet

Bonfires cause air pollution and the smoke will contain the poisonous gas carbon monoxide and other noxious or irritating compounds.  At the very least they can be irritating to neighbours but can in addition, aggravate asthma, bronchitis or heart conditions.

Under Section 80 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, a smoky bonfire may result in statutory action by your Local Authority if they are satisfied that the smoke amounts to a nuisance.  They may serve an Abatement Notice even if the nuisance has temporarily ceased but is likely to recur.

If possible you should avoid disposing of garden rubbish by means of a bonfire.  Bridgend County Borough Council is prepared to collect garden rubbish with your normal refuse collection, if bagged in special green sacks, which may be purchased from the Technical Services Department.

If you do need to have a garden bonfire, the following points of good practice should be adhered to in order to avoid causing a nuisance. 

  • Garden rubbish should be thoroughly dried before being burnt
  • A quick, hot fire will produce the minimum of smoke
  • Do not light a fire within an hour of sunset, or leave alight later than one hour after sunset, when weather conditions often cause smoke to hang in the air
  • No fire should be left unattended.  Never leave a fire to smoulder, but douse it with soil or water
  • Never add household rubbish to a garden bonfire
  • Most importantly -Remember your neighbours.  Let your neighbours know if you are planning to have a garden bonfire so that they may take necessary precautions such as closing windows, and removing clothes from the washing line
  • In order to eliminate unnecessary call outs by the Fire Service telephone them on 01443 232380 giving details of the date, time and the likely duration of the fire


Last Updated: 28/04/2014
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