Coronavirus - please don't light bonfires

Coronavirus - please don't light bonfires

We are appealing to households across Belper and Milford to think of others and to not light bonfires during the current coronavirus lockdown.

Bonfires emit black carbon, which is disastrous for the environment. It is also a major contributor to air pollution and climate change.

The Town Council has declared a Climate Emergency and as a Town we need to reduce our Carbon Emissions not increase them.

Crucially the effects of bonfires at this time are likely to be much more serious and have a bigger impact. Coronavirus is known to cause serious respiratory problems, which could be made much worse if the sufferer is exposed to smoke from bonfires.

It is important to be especially considerate during this period of lockdown when people are confined to their homes and unable to escape unpleasant, polluting fumes.

Bonfires can also become out of control or cause accidents, creating extra pressure on our already busy emergency services.

We understand that the changes to garden waste collection services and the closure of local household recycling centres may create a storage issue for some residents.

Please think of others, compost your garden waste where possible, and stack or bag up rubbish for disposal when the current emergency is over, rather than burn it.

Enforcement action can be taken against any persistent offenders where bonfires cause an impact on neighbours.

Posted: Fri, 17 Apr 2020 12:54 by Admin

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