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Waverley residents urged to bin the bonfires - or risk a £5,000 fine

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Waverley residents urged to bin the bonfires - or risk a £5,000 fine

Published by Lettie Buxton at 6:00am 13th April 2020.

Residents in the Waverley borough are being urged not to burn their rubbish and to consider the 'Five Cs' during the coronavirus pandemic.

Waverley Borough Council is asking people to:

  • Consider: Do I need to create the waste at this point in time – or can it wait?
  • Cut back: Reduce the quantity of waste produced by the household - and re-use items that can be re-used
  • Compost: Start composting garden waste
  • Compact: Reduce the bulk - and store until more frequent collections return
  • Care: Think about your neighbours, the community, the bin collection teams and other key workers who are doing what they can to help people at this time.

Councillor Steve Williams, Waverley Borough Council portfolio holder for environment and sustainability, said they have been working hard to keep bin collections running as normal during the outbreak:

"In light of government advice, Community Recycling Centres have had to temporarily shut, and we expect to see an impact on our services because of staff shortages.

"That’s why we are offering some advice on how to reduce waste and asking for residents’ help during these unprecedented times."

The council has also asked residents to consider their neighbours and the wider community and to avoid burning waste.

Cllr Williams added:

"Bonfires in back gardens can not only be anti-social but can have a very real impact on people with breathing problems which, of course, under current conditions, needs to be avoided at all costs.

"They can also present a fire risk which would draw on the already strained resources of the emergency services; garden waste can be composted, or you can store until normal service is resumed.

"We are asking people to please think of their neighbours and surrounding communities in these difficult times; if we each do our bit; we can pull through together."

Those persistently burning waste in their gardens can be liable for a fine of up to £5,000.

Surrey Environment Partnership is also asking resident to help bin crews during the pandemic by making sure bin lids are able to firmly close, compacting recycling, only putting bins out when full, reducing waste as much as possible and not buying too much food.

Find out more about bonfires on the borough council website or for further advice head to the Surrey Environment Partnership site.