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Bonfire Night: Keep it green!

5th November 2015

Wayne Grant

Bonfire Night: Keep it green!

We’re not the type to spoil the fun, but we are keen that, this Bonfire Night, you remember the environment as well as you remember the 5th November.

A few years back The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) stated that bonfire celebrations cause more Air Pollution than the country’s waste incinerators yearly emissions.

And while air pollution levels are generally low across the UK at the moment, Defra have predicted that tonight’s celebrations will lead to locally elevated levels.

So, with this in mind, we’ve put together a few top tips that will help you celebrate Bonfire Night in a more environmentally friendly way.

Our top Bonfire Night tips!

  • Go public!

The easiest way to be green is to, if you can, head out to a public bonfire display rather than putting on your own show in the back garden. You’ll cause less pollution, be safer and probably have a better time, too!

  • Keep it clean!

If you’re choosing to stage your own bonfire, make sure it is clean. The Environment Agency have issued a reminder that it is illegal to burn certain types of waste and that setting fire to treated wood, tyres, plastics, rubber and oil can seriously harm health and pollute the environment so, if you are intent on having your own bonfire, make sure you are only burning small amounts of paper, leaves wood and cardboard! Click here for more information.

  • Reduce the smoke

Using dry leaves or sticks to light your fire rather than firelighters will dramatically reduce the amount of smoke produced by your bonfire.

  • Check for animals

You might not realise it, but you are building a small animals dream home when you are carefully constructing your bonfire. Be sure to check under and inside your bonfire before lighting it to ensure you are keeping your bonfire night casualty free.

Those of us celebrating at Comply Direct will be simply heading out to our nearest organised celebrations.

Remember – the most important thing to remember on bonfire night is to stay safe. Whatever you’re doing, be safe and have a great time!

For more information about recycling at home and at work, click here.