Bonfire Laws: The Burning Questions
It’s important that we understand bonfire laws. Not least because we could cause harm to our bank balances, our neighbours and more importantly, the environment. We should enjoy Bonfire Night, a tradition that dates back 400 years, but it shouldn’t come at a price.
In this blog, we answer the burning questions around bonfire laws and give you advice about where you can hold one, what you can put on them and what you can do with waste that can’t go on a bonfire.
Is it legal to hold a bonfire?
Yes, although some local authorities actually discourage it. But there’s nothing to stop you from lighting up, so to speak, at home or on private land with the landowners permission. Bonfires themselves aren’t illegal, but you can get into trouble with the law if your bonfire causes a nuisance to others. Organised events tend to be safer and it is also a nice way to bring people together too. Cambridge City Council is just one of the local authorities that has produced a handy guide for residents.
What can I put on a bonfire?
Paper, leaves, cardboard and wood are among the things that can be put on a bonfire alongside your Guy Fawkes. You should only put dry material on a bonfire too. But you can get into trouble if you burn treated wood, tyres, plastic, rubber and oil as these are all illegal due to them being hazardous. Bonfires can also cause pollution issues and if they are not carried out correctly, safety becomes a major issue as well. That’s why you should be careful what you put on a bonfire.
Can I set off fireworks too?
There are separate rules surrounding this topic, but as long as you don’t do it after midnight or before 7am on Bonfire Night, you can go ahead with your own display. There are also other considerations which the government cover in this guide.
What should I do if I have any waste that I can’t burn?
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