Disposable BBQ safety

Rebecca Wilson, passionate about recycling across South Yorkshire
Rebecca Wilson
1 Aug 2021

When not thrown away properly disposable barbecues can cause fires in our parks and countryside as well as in refuse collection vehicles and at waste treatment facilities.

Two sausages on charcoal barbeque

Disposable BBQs can smoulder unnoticed for hours after you have finished using them and can easily reignite causing fires in parks, bins and refuse collection vehicles.


To dispose of your BBQ safely, make sure it has completely cooled before placing it in the bin by pouring water or sand over the embers and ash and leaving it to cool for several hours.


Do not put disposable BBQs in your recycling bin (even though they are made of foil). Once completely cooled, put them in your general waste bin.  Rather than buying disposable BBQs you could consider buying a travel BBQ instead, they are small, light and come with a stand to keep them off the ground.


Avoid taking BBQs to the park, beach or countryside (especially during warm periods where dry grass or trees can easily catch fire). If you cannot avoid them, never leave them unattended, always follow the instructions carefully and make sure they are fully out and have gone completely cold after use.

Find out more information at http://www.syfire.gov.uk/

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