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Residents urged not to light bonfires

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Residents across Dudley borough are urged to avoid lighting bonfires in their gardens during the coronavirus outbreak.

Dudley Council has seen an increase in the number of complaints regarding garden bonfires since the council suspended green waste collections in order to prioritise general waste and recycling collections.

Although bonfires are not banned in the borough, residents are asked to refrain from burning waste for the duration of the outbreak.

Burning waste causes smoke and unpleasant smells, which cause air pollution, but more importantly could have a serious impact on the health of neighbours, especially if they have conditions which puts them at a greater risk.

Councillor Nicolas Barlow, cabinet member for health and social care, said:

Now more than ever, we need to be considerate of our neighbours. With many of us confined to our homes, it is really important we access fresh air as much as possible whether through an open window or enjoying our gardens.
Garden fires can cause a real nuisance and could potentially impact on the wellbeing of someone who may have a health complication that you’re unaware of. At a time when our colleagues in the NHS are facing unprecedented pressures, we need to avoid behaviour and activity that could add to their workload.
Please think of others. We appeal to all residents to compost where they can or bag and store garden waste until our normal garden waste collections resume. We thank everyone for bearing with us as we navigate through these difficult times.

Dudley residents can order compost bins at a reduced rate  via external companies. Further details can be found at https://www.dudleyrecycles.org.uk/

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