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Bonfires

Bonfires are not a good way to deal with garden waste or rubbish.
There are citywide collection services for rubbish, large items (such as sofas and fridges), and garden waste.

It is not illegal to have a bonfire in your garden, but you can be fined up to £5,000 for polluting the air with smoke from a bonfire.

For advice or help, or to complain about bonfire smoke, go to www.birmingham.gov.uk/air-quality or call 0121 303 6007.

Do not use bonfires to dispose of waste

  • You can be fined up to £5,000 for polluting the air
  • Bonfires can be dangerous. Fire spreads easily.
  • Smoke from your bonfire can aggravate asthma and other respiratory conditions
  • Smoke has a very strong smell and can quickly taint neighbour's homes and washing
  • Fire fighters in Birmingham are called out around ten times each day to deal with rubbish fires, making them unavailable for real emergencies.

Bonfire tips

  • Never leave your bonfire unattended.
  • Always fully douse your bonfire with water when you have finished, Do not leave hot ash or embers.
  • Only burn dry wood or material. Wet or damp wood or other material produce lots more smoke.
  • Never burn anything containing rubber, plastic, foam, paint or household rubbish.
  • Never use petrol or other flammable liquids to help start your fire.
  • Avoid having a bonfire on damp, still days as the smoke will hang in the air.
  • Avoid days when the wind would blow your smoke into other people's property.
  • Look out for hedgehogs in bonfires!

Be safe with fireworks and bonfires

Fireworks often play a big part in celebrations – like Bonfire Night, Diwali and Chinese New Year. However, fireworks are explosive and burn at extremely high temperatures. They must be handled carefully and stored properly.

Read more about fireworks safety on the West Midlands Fire Service website,