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Bonfires and smoke nuisance

Coronavirus 

We would ask you not to have bonfires during this time as this will further impact upon people with breathing problems. You are encouraged to use our green waste collection service or compost your garden waste at home.

Bonfires and smoke nuisance

Bonfires are unnecessary. They can affect neighbours as well as contributing to poor air quality. Although there are no direct byelaws covering bonfires in the borough, if a bonfire is considered to be a nuisance the Council could take formal action.

We strongly encourage you not to have bonfires because they can also affect people with breathing difficulties. Instead of burning your waste please take it to our Reuse and Recycling Centre in Morden, compost garden waste at home, use our garden waste collection service, or our bulky waste collection service.

Report a problem

If you feel that smoke is causing a problem, contact us giving the address where it is being generated.
If smoke from a bonfire is causing a danger to traffic please contact the police.
If you feel that the bonfire is a danger to people and property you should call the fire brigade.

Commercial waste

Commercial waste must not be disposed of by burning.

Contractors carrying out work at your property must not burn waste and you must ensure that they arrange for proper disposal of waste from your property.

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Contact us

Environmental Health Section
Environment and Regeneration
Merton Civic Centre
London Road
Morden
SM4 5DX

Telephone: 020 8545 3025
Email: ehealth@merton.gov.uk