Ahead of the Easter weekend, residents are being urged to ensure they safely dispose of ash and disposable barbecues from their garden to avoid putting themselves or others at risk.
After having a barbecue or using a fire pit or log burner, any materials can stay hot for a long time after they have been used and, in some instances, can even reignite.
To safely dispose of a barbecue, coal, ash or other burnt materials:
- After use, soak in water for at least 24 hours before being disposed.
- Once cooled, waste should be bagged up and placed into the green (general waste) bin.
Residents should not use the grey (recycling) bins to dispose of burnt waste. A full list of what can be put in to your recycling bin can be found on the council’s website or search directly for items on MRWA’s Recycle Right website.
Now that government guidelines allow two households or a group of six to meet in an outdoor space, residents should remember that Wirral Country Park is the only park with a designated barbecue area.
No other parks, beaches or outdoor spaces should be used for barbecues.
The designated site at Wirral Country Park can still be used, in line with government guidance, and the specifically designed barbecue bin should be used for disposal.
The three brick-built barbecue stands nearer to the visitor centre also have space underneath for barbecues to be stored and to cool. Rangers will then collect cooled disposable barbecues from here but visitors should take all other rubbish home.
Not disposing of fire waste appropriately can pose a fire risk and put crews and residents in danger as well as causing significant impacts on the bin collections and street cleansing crews.