Beds Fire praise supermarkets banning disposable barbecues

'Every year, fire destroys thousands of acres of countryside and wildlife habitats'

By Lynn Hughes
Wednesday, 30th March 2022, 9:33 am
Updated Wednesday, 30th March 2022, 9:36 am
Praise for supermarkets who have stopped selling these
Praise for supermarkets who have stopped selling these

Supermarkets who have announced they will no longer sell disposable barbecue sets have been praised by Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service.

In a move to reduce waste and to protect forests, countryside and wildlife, supermarket giants Waitrose and Aldi have announced that they will stop selling disposable barbecues. This will stop approximately 35 tonnes of waste being produced each in the form of packaging as well as littering in public places.

A spokesman for the service said: "Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service are extremely pleased about this news as it shows important progress being made in the reduction of wildfires and outdoor fires. Every year, fire destroys thousands of acres of countryside and wildlife habitats. Some fires are started deliberately, but most are due to carelessness, often involving disposable barbecues.

"Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service really welcomes Waitrose and Aldi’s decision, as it will help us in our mission to provide excellent fire and rescue services that help to make Bedfordshire safer. We hope other supermarkets will follow suit.

"We see many fires that start from disposable BBQs each year, and in wooded areas this can cause dangerous wildfires that spread very fast. The move followed concerns shared by the National Fire Chiefs Council over the number of instant barbecue-related fires, both in outdoor spaces and in the home when used on balconies or too close to garden fences and trees."