During the Lockdown, residents across the borough have been tending to their gardens to keep themselves busy. This has lead to an increase in bonfires across Havering.
Councillor Gillian Ford from H.R.A published a post on Facebook after councillors were contacted by some residents with breathing difficulties.
‘H.R.A have been made aware of a rise in bonfires across the borough. This will increase air pollution and have an impact on residents living with breathing disorders including asthma and CPOD, at time when they need to be maintaining good health.
‘Your household waste will be collected as part of the weekly collection and garden waste can be composted or stored in a small area in your garden. It has been suggested that compost bins mean you will get rats. Rats will only be interested in garden waste if cooked foods are added. If you keep the compost to uncooked matter, for example vegetable peelings and trimmings, there should not be a problem. Egg shells are not recommended to be added to compost bins.
‘If you are not interested in starting a compost bin, store the garden waste in a small area in your garden. The leaves and foliage will dry out naturally reducing the bulk, and branches can be chopped into smaller pieces to reduce the spread.
‘Alternatively you could use a garden shredder that can chop small branches into small pieces that can be spread over flower beds as a mulch.‘
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