Is it acceptable to burn non-hazardous waste during the current coronavirus lockdown? At present we have a skeleton staff looking after our premises and they have generated quite a lot of green waste from grounds maintenance, as well as some DIY waste from indoors. We have noticed a lot of bonfires in peoples’ gardens lately and wondered whether businesses could do likewise.

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Is it acceptable to burn non-hazardous waste during the current coronavirus lockdown? At present we have a skeleton staff looking after our premises and they have generated quite a lot of green waste from grounds maintenance, as well as some DIY waste from indoors. We have noticed a lot of bonfires in peoples’ gardens lately and wondered whether businesses could do likewise.

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Illegal waste disposal has been a major problem during the lockdown, with a significant increase in fly-tipping of household waste as household waste recycling centres (the local tips) have had to close. Many people have been burning their garden waste, as well as bulky items such as old toys and furniture.

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