Remember Remember your 3 R’s this November

Bonfire Night is a time for fireworks and bonfire get togethers outside, made even better with some hearty food to warm us up. This Bonfire Night, let's light up the sky responsibly!

UK firework injuries spike over the Halloween and Bonfire months, and between 2015 and 2019, there were 3,591 A&E visits in England during October and November alone.  

If you can’t attend a public display, remember, remember this November to follow Soak it, Bag it, Bin it to dispose of used fireworks. This will help avoid a fire risk to your bins, waste trucks and waste treatment plants from fireworks.  

  • Soak it: After a firework has completely burned out and cooled down, you should soak it in a container of water. This makes sure any embers or sparks are fully extinguished. 
  • Bag it: Once the firework is wet, place it in a plastic bag or wrap it in plastic sheeting. This additional layer of protection helps contain any residual chemicals or powders. 
  • Bin it: The double-wrapped used fireworks should be placed in your household waste bin. 
  • Or take to a Recycling Centre: Some local recycling centres may accept used fireworks for disposal. Check with your local authority or recycling centre to see if they have specific guidelines for disposing of fireworks. 

Never put unused or damaged fireworks in your household waste. Instead, unused fireworks should be returned to the retailer where you purchased them. Retailers typically have processes for handling unused or faulty fireworks safely. 

Planning a Bonfire Night party? Don’t forget the three R’s - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Opt for sustainable food options and only buy what you need, use reusable cutlery and plates, and remember to recycle plastic bottles and cans.  

Don't let food waste go up in smoke this Bonfire Night! Find tasty recipes on the Love Food Hate Waste website or freeze any leftovers. Use your food caddy if your local authority provides one for leftovers, as a last resort. Together, we can make a difference!  

Why not try making: 

  • Pumpkin soup: Pumpkin still hanging about? Remove candles and scoop out the flesh to make a warming soup. 
  • Catherine Wheel canapes using leftover pepper strips and tuna mayo paste.  
  • Sausage rocket kebabs using locally bought sausage with pepper tops. 
  • How about a spicy warm chilli - and freeze the leftovers for a later date. 

Wrap up warm and have fun!