Restrictions are now in place on the sale of coal, wet wood and manufactured solid fuels for burning in the home.
The restrictions, which came into force on 1 May, mean that:
- Sales of bagged traditional house coal and wet wood in units under 2m3 are now unlawful.
- Wet wood in larger volumes must be sold with advice on how to dry it before burning.
- All manufactured solid fuels must now have a low sulphur content and only emit a small amount of smoke.
- In addition, a new certification scheme will see products certified and labelled by suppliers to ensure that they can be easily identified, and retail outlets will only able to sell fuel that is accompanied by the correct label.
The government press release describes how "Burning at home, particularly with traditional house coal or wet wood, is a major source of the pollutant PM2.5 – tiny particles which can enter the bloodstream and lodge in lungs and other organs. PM2.5 has been identified by the World Health Organisation as the most serious air pollutant for human health."