Please play #yourpart and think twice about garden bonfires to support your neighbours

COVID-19 waste

Published: Wednesday, 22nd April 2020

We are urging Borders residents to think carefully about the need for garden fires during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Currently a number of residents in every community are shielding or self-isolating for health reasons and are unable to leave their house, and many more Borderers are at home all day, every day. The smoke from garden fires can cause upset to those who are shielding and self-isolating and often exacerbates existing health conditions. 

We understand that people may want to burn waste during the spring and summer, but at this time we're asking all Borderers to be neighbourly and think twice about whether having a garden fire or burning waste is necessary. 

For those who wish to find alternatives for dealing with green waste, there are a number of private companies who provide green waste services. Find out more on our website.

Tracey Logan, Chief Executive

“The Council has received an increased number of complaints about the smoke from garden fires causing irritation and I would ask everyone to play #yourpart and consider not having fires at this time to help those who are shielding or self-isolating.

“It is understandable that people may want to burn rubbish or garden waste as our Community Recycling Centres (CRCs) are closed, but under current government guidelines disposal of waste is not considered an essential journey, and that is why our CRCs are not operational just now.

“We have seen tremendous community spirit across the whole of the Scottish Borders during the COVID-19 outbreak and I would hope that this good neighbourly attitude would extend to avoiding garden fires, to help those who are in poor health and everybody else that is also confined to their homes and gardens at this difficult time.”