Waste you can and can't dispose of on a bonfire, safety instructions, when to light a fire and reporting a bonfire issue.
You can burn:
You must not burn household waste, such as:
These items can cause excessive smoke and noxious fumes that can harm the environment and the health of you and the others around you. Read about how burning affects air quality. Tins and bottles can also explode when in a fire.
The Environmental Protection Act 1990 allows legal action to be taken against you if you burn household waste or cause nuisance smoke. Find out more on the Government’s Legislation website.
No. There are no bye-laws in East Riding that specify when you can and cannot light a fire. However, we ask that you consider the weather conditions so you cause minimal disruption to the environment and others around you.
Smoke prevents neighbours from enjoying their gardens, opening windows or hanging washing out so it is a good idea to let them know in advance. If they are aware they are less likely to complain to us.
For the health and safety of yourself, children, pets and neighbours follow these safety instructions:
Yes you can. Find out how to report air pollution.
If bonfire smoke is drifting across a road and endangers traffic or causes injury call 999 to report this to the police. The person who lit the fire may receive a fine.
No. Section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 allows legal action to be taken against you if you burn waste that is not from your property, such as from your workplace or a neighbour. Find out more on the Government’s Legislation website.
There are many other ways you can dispose of business waste.
If you are a tree surgery, landscape gardening or joinery business, you can only burn certain types of suitable waste at the place it is produced, under an exemption from the Environment Agency. You can find out about this exemption on the GOV.UK website.
Please note: any business transporting waste must have a waste carriers licence.