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Uncontrolled and excessive burning of the wrong wastes can cause pollution and harm human health. You may be prosecuted if you do not have an environmental permit for a waste operation and you have a Guy Fawkes’ bonfire or a campfire at a Scout and Guide centre.
This regulatory position statement (RPS) is for people who want to burn waste for traditional cultural events such as Guy Fawkes’ bonfires and campfires at Scout and Guide centres.
If you comply with the conditions in this RPS you do not need to apply for an environmental permit.
Conditions you must comply with
- only burn waste for a traditional cultural event
- keep the waste secure before you burn it
- only burn material that is suitable for burning, for example wood that has not been painted or coated with preservatives, branches, leaves, card and paper – you must not burn plastic, rubber, glass or metal
- ensure the size of the bonfire or campfire is appropriate for the event
- ensure you do not involve waste operators
You must make sure the waste (before, during and after burning) does not endanger human health or the environment.
You must not:
- cause a risk to water, air, soil, plants or animals
- cause a nuisance through noise or odours
- adversely affect the countryside or places of special interest
An RPS means that the Environment Agency will not normally take enforcement action against you provided:
- your activity meets the description set out in this RPS
- you comply with the conditions set out in this RPS
- your activity does not (and is not likely to) cause environmental pollution or harm human health
When to check back
This RPS will be reviewed by 31 January 2020. You’ll need to check back then to see if this statement still applies or if you need to apply for a permit.
Contact the Environment Agency
Contact the Environment Agency if you need help.
National Customer Contact Centre
PO Box 544
Telephone 03708 506 506
Telephone from outside the UK (Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm GMT) +44 (0) 114 282 5312
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm