The smoke from bonfires can be annoying for neighbours, often provoking complaints to the council. If bonfire smoke causes a statutory nuisance then the council will normally take enforcement action against the person responsible. Although simply having a domestic bonfire is not an offence, allowing the smoke to cause a nuisance can be. If the smoke drifts across, or into, other property then it may well cause a nuisance. In practice it is very difficult to have a bonfire in an urban area like Southampton without causing a nuisance, so we recommend that people find other methods of waste disposal, such as:-
• Composting garden material, (you can purchase a compost bin from many DIY stores or make your own).
• Transporting material to your local amenity tip at City Depot and Recycling Park, First Avenue or Grange Road, Netley;
• The City Council provides a specialist Green Waste collection service. This service can be arranged through ‘Action Line’ by calling 0800 5 19 19 19. For an annual fee of £15 you will be provided with an 80 litre green waste bag which can be emptied on a weekly basis.
• You can arrange through Actionline Collections of items of furniture, old windows and doors. Unwanted fridges and freezers will be collected for a charge of £25.00
More information and advice about bonfires can be found at the DirectGov website which can be accessed by the external link to the right.