Don't light garden bonfires

During the coronavirus pandemic, Midlothian residents are asked to be considerate to their neighbours by not lighting garden bonfires.

Health problems

The smoke and dust generated by bonfires is likely to have a bigger impact on residents at this time – most severely on residents affected by respiratory conditions or those who are vulnerable.

Confined to home

As many people are confined to their home, it is important to be able to access fresh air through opening a window or enjoying their garden.

Toxic fumes

It is particularly important that people do not attempt to get rid of household waste by burning it as this can give off toxic fumes.  Please compost garden waste wherever possible or use a registered waste carrier.

Statutory nuisance

There are no laws against having bonfires, though it is an offence for the smoke, or the smell of the smoke, to cause a statutory nuisance.

Report a bonfire problem

If possible, try to resolve problems informally by approaching your neighbour. If you do not wish to approach your neighbour you can report it to Environmental Health.

Taking action

We will visit and consider whether the smoke is causing a statutory nuisance and take action if necessary.

21 Apr 2020