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

It is not illegal to have a bonfire, but you could be fined if it causes a nuisance.

We encourage you not to have bonfires because they can cause air pollution and 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 smoke from a bonfire is causing a danger to traffic please contact the police.

If you feel that smoke is causing a problem, contact us giving the address where it is being held.

We do not provide a 24/7 service. In most cases we would carry out any enforcement action required on the same or next working day (Monday to Friday).

We can issue an ‘abatement notice’ if a bonfire is causing a nuisance. A bonfire must happen frequently to be considered a nuisance. You can be fined up to £5,000 if you do not comply with an abatement notice.

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.

See also

Contact us

Environmental Health Section
Environment and Regeneration
Merton Civic Centre
London Road

Telephone: 020 8545 3025