Bonfire Night: Environment Agency warns of fines of up to [pounds sterling]50,000 for burning certain things in a bonfire; Be careful what you put in your bonfire, the Environment Agency warns.
Byline: Qasim Peracha
Putting the wrong thing in your bonfire could land you a fine of up to [pounds sterling]50,000, the Environment Agency has warned.
Organisers of bonfires have been asked to keep their bonfires secure to ensure that their events aren't hijacked by people looking dump waste.
Burning certain types of waste, including treated wood, tyres, plastics, rubber and oil, can be seriously harmful to health and cause air pollution.
The Environment Agency also warned against the burning of mattresses, old furniture and even household rubbish on November 5 as the nation commemorates the gunpowder plot.
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Illegal management of waste can carry serious penalties of up to [pounds sterling]50,000 and if the Environment Agency suspects illegal waste will be burned at an event, they can issue a stop notice and prevent the event from taking place.
Environment manager Marc Lidderth said: "We want people to enjoy themselves but the uncontrolled and excessive burning of the wrong waste can cause pollution and damage people's health.
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"We encourage people to make sure they dispose of their waste legally and safely, and be aware that their community bonfire could be targeted by unscrupulous waste businesses who want to find somewhere to dispose of waste, resulting in the illegal burning of commercial waste."
The Agency has advised anyone who sees suspicious activity on Bonfire Night to report it to them on 0800 80 70 60.
Below is the government's advice on how to have a safe bonfire:
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A bonfire can be used by people to burn waste like old mattresses and furniture