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Please do not light bonfires

Please be considerate to others – please do not light bonfires in your gardens.
More than ever, we all need fresh air – especially as people are staying at home.
Garden fires are also dangerous and can get out of control. Our emergency services are also under pressure at the moment . So please, do not light fires.
Any extra garden waste you have can be composted in a home composter, stored in your garden or bagged and put in your shed or garage until our garden waste collections resume. 
You must never burn household waste, rubber, petrol, damp material, engine oil or plastics. Please help keep the air clean for everyone. 

 You can get rid of household or garden waste by composting or storing it. Bin collections in Sandwell are free for residential properties. Household rubbish is collected weekly and garden waste is collected fortnightly.

Only burn dry material and don't leave a fire unattended or smouldering.

Danger to traffic by smoke

You could be fined if you light a fire and you allow the smoke to drift across the road and it becomes a danger to traffic.

If you notice smoke from a bonfire causing a danger to traffic, please contact the police.

Complain about a neighbour's bonfire

Please be aware we have no power to deal with one-off or occasional bonfires.

A bonfire must happen frequently to be considered a nuisance. We can issue an 'abatement notice' if a neighbour's bonfire is causing a nuisance.

Your neighbour can be fined up to £5,000 if they don't stick to the notice.

Report a bonfire problem

If you are worried that a fire is dangerous please call the fire service by dialling 999.

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