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Fire Service Warning Over Burning of Domestic Waste

Date : 22 April 2021

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East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service would like to offer advice to residents following the Covid 19 relaxations to reduce an increase in incidents involving garden bonfires.

Garden fires

The Service requests that residents refrain from garden bonfires, due to the increased fire risk that this creates. 

Additionally, garden fires cause both a nuisance to neighbours and other members of the public. With large numbers of residents remaining inside their homes self-isolating it is important that we can all get clean fresh air into our homes.

Whilst there are no laws against having a bonfire, there are laws for the nuisance they can cause. However, if you are having a bonfire please refer to the following advice to ensure your safety.

Household waste should not be burned at all; if you do, you might be committing an offence and could face prosecution.  Click here for further guidance from the Government. 

A more responsible approach would be to compost, or recycle, your garden waste when local recycling centres re-open. These are not only safer options, prevent a potential offence being committed but also better for the environment and for the more vulnerable members of our communities who may still be self-isolating at home during the relaxation of Covid 19 restrictions and those utilising outdoor spaces to meet with friends and family.

Rubbish and recycling

All Household Waste Recycling Sites remain open during the phased lockdown roadway to recovery, with normal opening hours.

Cars can attend each day, but vans and vehicles over 2m will only be accepted on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Van drivers need to bring a proof of address (driver’s licence or recent utility bill) and they will be subject to new trade waste inspections.

Trailers are not currently permitted.

Before visiting due to local restrictions that may apply, please check the information for your local site: 

Rubbish and recycling in East Sussex

Please continue to reduce your waste where possible and recycle as much as you can through your kerbside collections. Only visit if it is essential, and please follow social distancing rules.


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