Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information about environment and pollution

Updated: 20 April 2020

Smoke and fire

With the current government advice to stay at home, there have been concerns raised about the impact of smoke from wood-burners, barbeques and bonfires.

We are therefore asking people to consider their surroundings and not light fires of any nature at this time.

The growing body of scientific evidence shows that smoke from burning has an impact to human health and is especially damaging for children and people with existing respiratory diseases, which will include Coronavirus (COVID-19)

With the recent change to British summertime and the prospect of improved weather, many people will be opening windows to gain fresh air into their homes or use their gardens. People do not want to smell unnecessary smoke at this time.

If you're planning on carrying out work in your property or garden please consider how you will dispose of the waste.

Garden waste can be composted, but household waste will need to be stored because our Household Waste Recycling Centres are currently closed. Burning of waste is not an appropriate method for disposal. If you're not able to store or dispose of your waste please do not start any work in your home or garden.

With improved weather barbeques also become more popular, however burning of charcoal also creates smoke that is harmful to others.

The vast majority of wood-burning stoves/open fires within properties are not for genuine heating reasons, rather cosmetic/status reasons. Only fires for genuine heating purposes (when no other form of heating is available) should be used and then only with approved smokeless fuels.

Creation of smoke that is harmful to health or a nuisance can lead to legal action.