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Air quality

An update on bonfires during the coronavirus outbreak

It is understood that bonfires can be a quick and easy way of getting rid of garden rubbish. However during the current Covid 19 crisis we are asking that you do not have any further bonfires. While we are largely confined to our properties we are likely to suffer higher levels of nuisance from activities such as bonfires so it is important that we all take responsibility to ensure that such nuisances do not happen.

 Please be aware that people suffering from respiratory conditions including Covid 19 will be adversely affected by smoke. It could make their symptoms far worse meaning that they need to be hospitalised putting further strain on the NHS.


  • Most garden waste can be composted into a useful soil conditioner, saving you the cost of buying commercial products.
  • Store the garden waste, turning it regularly. This will enable the waste to dry so that it can be transported to your nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre when restrictions are lifted.

Here at South Somerset District Council, we are committed to maintaining good standards of air quality across the district.

This includes:

  • Monitoring levels of harmful pollutants
  • Inspecting companies’ emissions under the PPC regime
  • Investigating complaints
  • Giving advice about burning waste
  • Discussing the risks of pollution in new developments with developers
  • Encouraging cleaner modes of transport
  • The use of wood burning stoves

Thank you. You response is appreciated.

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