Bonfires on allotments
We sometimes receive complaints about bonfires on allotment land:
- Smoke drifts onto neighbouring land and into houses
- Breathing smoke can aggravate health conditions like asthma and bronchitis
- Burning plastic can give off dioxins which are known to cause cancer, and damage the liver, kidneys and nervous system
- Particles that fall out from bonfires can settle on crops, and so end up in our food
You should not have a bonfire on allotment land unless it's absolutely necessary - for example, if diseased plants need to be destroyed. You should never burn plastic or other rubbish.
What are my alternatives?
- Take your rubbish to a Household Waste Recycling Centre
- Allotments are provided with a skip once a year in the spring. Use this skip to clear out your rubbish
- You might be able to arrange a regular collection of garden waste from your allotment - contact us to find out more
- Compost your green waste. You can get reduced priced composting products from Lancashire County Council