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Please – no bonfires during lockdown

Published on Tuesday, 28th April 2020

Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council is strongly urging residents to avoid having bonfires during the current corona virus lockdown.

The Council has received an increase in the number of complaints in recent weeks concerning the smoke and smell from fires.

We understand that the closure of household recycling centres and extra time spent generating waste in the house and garden may have created storage issues for some. However we can confirm that with the exception of bulky items, our waste collection services are currently operating as normal which includes green waste for those who have subscribed to this service.

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Alternatively we would also encourage home composting of garden waste or storage of other waste until the current situation is over.  Please do not store any food or household waste which should be removed by our normal waste collection services. Soft furnishings should also not be stored outside in the open.  

Our regulatory services are also still operating, and while most people are responsible and think of others, the Council will take enforcement under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 against anyone found to be causing a statutory nuisance by lighting bonfires.    

Cllr Neil Philips, Portfolio Holder for Planning, Development and Health said:

"We are asking residents to be especially considerate and avoid having bonfires at this time when people are largely confined to their home and garden and will be unable to escape the unpleasant fumes. We have seen many examples of great community spirit during the current situation and avoiding bonfires will help support the wider community get through these challenging times."