Coronavirus - please don't light bonfires

We're appealing to households across the Derbyshire Dales to think of others and to not light bonfires during the current coronavirus lockdown.

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 at this time, when people are confined to their homes and unable to escape unpleasant 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 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. A reminder that we aim to restart normal recycling collections from 15 April.

We will take enforcement action against any persistent offenders where bonfires cause an impact on neighbours.

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