Now the fine weather has arrived, many of you will be tidying up your gardens and burning the garden waste.
Air pollution in Jersey is an issue that should concern us all; garden bonfires can make it worse and the burning of waste is a common cause of complaint each year. Garden bonfires produce smoke and pollutants which can cause nuisance and be harmful to both health and the environment.
Rather than burning your garden waste it should be taken to the green waste disposal facility at Bellozanne. Other flammable waste such as timber and old fencing should be taken to La Collette bulk waste facility for reclamation or environmentally friendly disposal.
Brief exposure to bonfire emissions is unlikely to have a long-term detrimental effect on health; however, frequent exposure may adversely affect persons suffering from asthma, bronchitis, heart conditions, the elderly, the immuno-suppressed and children.
If a bonfire interferes with normal daily activities such as enjoyment of gardens, hanging out washing or opening windows, the Statutory Nuisances (Jersey) Law 1999 may be able to be used to prevent the nuisance occurring.
The Law on the lighting of bonfires is very strict. Further information is available by logging onto www.gov.je/environmentalhealth where you can download the Bonfire Advice Leaflet.