Friday 03 November 2023
Ahead of bonfire night, Guernsey Waste is reminding islanders about the safe disposal of fireworks to avoid putting themselves, waste collection workers and staff at waste and recycling facilities at risk of harm.
Waste Minimisation Officer Douglas Button said that it is not only critical to take safety precautions seriously during displays, but it is also very important to dispose of used and unused fireworks safely.
"If they are not disposed of correctly, fireworks pose a serious risk to staff handling waste and can also cause fires in collection vehicles or at the sites they end up at," he said.
- After your display is over, any firework remains should be left to cool down for at least 30 minutes, and then being soaked in water for at least an hour. That applies whether or not they fully ignited, or did not go off. After soaking, and wrap them in plastic so they do not dry out again. They can then be safely placed in your general household waste for disposal.
- Do not be tempted to store unused fireworks for another day, as they pose a fire risk. Remove any plastic wrapping before fully submerging them in water for at least 24 hours, than wrap them in plastic again so they do not dry out, and dispose of in general waste.
- Although sparklers are made of metal these should also be soaked in water and disposed of in general household waste, whether used or unused.
- NEVER dispose of any fireworks in recycling.
More health and safety advice and full details of public and private firework events can be found at www.gov.gg/fireworks.