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Plea over bonfires

Date : 15 May 2020

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is reminding people to avoid having bonfires during lockdown.

With a significant number of people still suffering breathing problems due to Covid 19, the smoke can make it even more difficult for them.

Waste recycling centres are due to re-open on Monday 18 May 2020 under strict controls including social distancing. The services will be restricted and councils are asking people only to travel to a site if absolutely necessary. 

Members of the public are being urged to remain patient and wait for the opportunity to dispose of waste without burning it.

Legally you cannot get rid of household waste if it will cause pollution or harm people’s health. This includes burning it. 

Your council can issue an ‘abatement notice’ if a neighbour’s bonfire is causing a nuisance. A bonfire must happen frequently to be considered a nuisance.

Your neighbour can be fined up to £5,000 if they don’t follow the rules of the notice.

Read more: https://www.gov.uk/garden-bonfires-rules

More information about waste sites re-opening 

Brighton and Hove 

East Sussex County Council



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