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How you can help improve air quality

Local air pollution has local causes. These are the simple things you can do to help improve air quality in Waverley:

On the go

  • consider purchasing a hybrid or electric vehicle
  • car share
  • maintain your vehicle
  • switch off your engine when sat in traffic
  • walk and cycle where possible
  • use public transport.

Get more ideas, details of local initiatives and advice on going electric from Surrey County Council's transport pages.

At home

  • Insulate your home so there is less need to heat or cool it
  • Turn the thermostat down
  • Group online purchases to reduce the number of deliveries needed or, where possible, choose the 'green' delivery slot
  • Instead of having bonfires, use other ways to dispose of your garden waste.
  • If you choose to burn, follow Defra's practical guidance for open fires and wood-burning stoves.  Advice is also available on how to Burn Better.
  • Buy, store and season wood to get the most from your wood burning stove 
  • If you purchase or replace a wood burning stove choose an appliance that is 'Ecodesign' ready.  These appliances produce lower  particulate emissions and are due to become law in the UK from 2022.
  • Be aware of the changes implemented by the Air Quality (Domestic Solid Fuels Standards) (England) Regulations 2020 which will require wood sold for burning to be certified as having a moisture content of less than 20% and ban the sale of traditional bituminous house coal from 1 May 2021 (you have a year to use up existing coal supplies).  Sales of loose coal via coal merchants will be banned from 2023.
  • Surrey Air Alliance - advice on wood burning stoves (short animation video)

Reduce your exposure

  • Choose quieter routes when walking or cycling
  • Open your windows for ventilation when you cook, clean, do DIY or do other activities that release pollutants directly into your home
  • Vulnerable people should check the latest  UK Air pollution forecast