Wood burning summer campaign

Southampton City Council, Eastleigh Borough Council, New Forest District Council and Winchester City Council are working in partnership with local environmental charity the Environment Centre (tEC) to support residents in avoiding air pollution from household burning and improving air quality for their health, their community and the environment. While the winter campaign focuses on burning […]

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Sustainable BBQ

Research shows that a typical summer BBQ for four people releases more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than an 80-mile car journey, due to the food and fuel. BBQs are a summer staple, but have you ever thought about how you can make yours more sustainable? Here are things to consider around choosing fuel, how to burn, reducing waste, food options and fire safety. If […]

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Bonfires

Thinking of having a bonfire? Can you avoid burning, burn cleaner, burn safely?  Bonfires can cause harmful particulate air pollution at home and in your neighbourhood. This negatively impacts the health of your family and community, affecting your heart and lungs.  Instead of having a bonfire…  Compost garden waste at home or through council garden waste collections. Click […]

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Ready to Burn

Since 1st May 2021 new laws apply to the sale of coal, wood and manufactured solid fuels. The government are phasing out two of the most polluting fuels, traditional house coal and wet wood, to help improve air quality.  The ‘Ready to Burn’ logo has been introduced to help customers choose less polluting alternatives, dry wood and manufactured solid […]

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Wood burning and the environment

We know that many people have chosen wood burners for environmental reasons, and we know they are cosy and nostalgic, but we want to make sure everyone is aware of the pollution and health impact, and the best practice for avoiding and reducing that.  Wood burning is considered a carbon neutral heating source, because trees absorb carbon dioxide as they grow which neutralises the carbon dioxide […]

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Burning better

Use efficient appliances, such as DEFRA exempt, EU Ecodesign 2022 or ClearSkies mark, and service and clean them regularly. ‘Burn Right‘ in your appliance, including not shutting off air or allowing the temperature to drop. Types of appliance Particulate matter pollution from domestic heating options: More polluting  Open fire Non-DEFRA exempt stove DEFRA exempt stove […]

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Burning cleaner

Use cleaner fuels on your stove and open fires, such as smokeless, authorised fuels or dry, well-seasoned ‘ready to burn’ wood with low moisture content. Ready to Burn regulations Since 1st May 2021 new laws apply to the sale of coal, wood and manufactured solid fuels. The government are phasing out two of the most polluting fuels, traditional house […]

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Wood burning engagement launch

Southampton City Council, Eastleigh Borough Council, New Forest District Council and Winchester City Council are working in partnership to help residents improve air quality for their health, their community and the environment. This partnership will be working with local environmental charity the Environment Centre (tEC) to deliver an engagement programme around promoting cleaner burning in open fires, stoves and […]

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