So Garden Incinerator laws…
You want to know what the laws are…
Let me guess you’ve been going from one website to another scouring the internet trying to find answers to your questions like, can I use a garden incinerator in my garden, using an incinerator in the garden & laws on using an incinerator in the garden.
And coming up with…. nothing.
Well don’t worry your scouring is at an end
The garden incinerator bin laws are only a few scrolls away.
What You Will Learn
- Discover the truth about garden incinerator laws
- Why being a nuisance can get you into trouble
- How to avoid getting into trouble
- How to use an incinerator in a smoke-controlled area
If you want to know more, all you have to do is read on…
The Truth About Garden Incinerator Laws
Actually one of the reasons why you’ve probably been hunting high and low to find the laws that govern the use of garden incinerators is there actually aren’t any.
It sounds crazy, right?
But yet, it’s true.
Let me explain. There are no specific bye-laws for using an incinerator bin or outdoor fireplace. And therefore no restrictions to using a garden incinerator. Fantastic you’re thinking, unfortunately like most things in life, it’s not that clear-cut.
Where the council and the law can get involved is if you are causing a nuisance, by burning something that you’re not allowed or from frequent use of the garden incinerator. Under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, it is an offence to cause a statutory nuisance, and this can include nuisances created by using a garden incinerator bin.
Why You Don’t Want To Be A Nuisance
To be considered a nuisance, the use of a garden incinerator bin would have to be a regular problem. Substantially interfering with your neighbour’s well-being, comfort or enjoyment of their property. If a complaint were to be made by your neighbour, to the local council. The council themselves may come and pay you a visit, to assess whether your use of your garden incinerator is a statutory nuisance.
If council believe that you are causing a nuisance, an abatement notice may be served to you ( under Section 80 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 ). The notice itself may require that the nuisance is stopped altogether or may limit your use of the garden incinerator to certain times of the day. If you fail to comply with the issued notice, you may be prosecuted, which if found guilty a Magistrates Court could impose a potential fine of up to £5000.
3 Easy Steps To Not Being A Nuisance Neighbour
All being said, you can avoid it getting to such a stage just by following these 3 simple guidelines, you really can’t go wrong.
• Don’t burn anything other than garden waste, i.e. no domestic waste etc.
• Keep the fire away from roads
• Most importantly be considerate of your neighbours; don’t start a fire if they’ve got the washing out, or their windows etc.
How To Use An Incinerator Bin In A Smoke-Controlled Area
What if I told you that you can use a garden incinerator and live in a smoke controlled area and it doesn’t make a single bit of difference?
Yes, you read that right.
Many parts of the UK fall within a smoke control area. Which only allows the release of smoke – if you’re burning an authorised fuel or using an exempt fuel burning appliance. This, however, is only applicable if you are releasing smoke through a chimney of a building e.g. An open fire in a home or a wood burner in a garden shed.
Since garden incinerators are used outside – their use does not come under these restrictions and is, therefore, exempt. The same goes for other outdoor fireplaces like your barbecues, chimineas, fire pits & pizza ovens
Great news hey!
No matter where you live. Whether you want to deal with those leaves piling up, the perennial weeds popping up all over the place or you just want to get rid of those private papers your shredder struggles to shred. You can use a garden incinerator safe in the knowledge that you’re not breaking any laws.
But remember although there are no garden incinerator laws just keep in mind those three guidelines and happy burning.
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