This year Litter Free Dorset are asking shops to remove disposable BBQs from their shelves! Over 1 million disposable BBQs were sold in the UK last year. A couple of BBQs is all it took to burn down an area the size of over 200 football pitches in Wareham forest. Let’s work together to remove disposable BBQs from our shelves and protect Dorset against wildfire.

A huge Thank you to the shops that have supported the campaign so far. If you are a business that is choosing not to sell disposable BBQs this year, please email:

Click on the link below to see which shops are choosing not to sell disposable BBQs in your local area. The list is updated weekly.

Shops choosing not to sell disposable BBQs

BBQs Burn More Than Bangers! #SpreadLoveNotWildfire

Barbecues are a major source of heathland wildfire which destroy wildlife, negatively impact the surrounding communities, and contribute to climate change.

Dorset Council are banning disposable BBQs and campfires from high fire risk areas across Dorset – this includes heathland. A joint campaign with local authorities, organisations and landowners is being developed to communicate to visitors and residents where they are not allowed to have BBQs and campfires this Summer.

Posters and flyers for shops

If you have been able to remove disposable BBQs from sale please use our poster below to show your support for the ‘Choose to remove’ campaign. Do get in touch if you would a poster delivered to your shop. We can print up to A1 size.

If you have been unable to remove disposable BBQs from sale we strongly urge you to display safety messaging in store. Please see the resources below. Do get in touch if you would prefer posters and flyers delivered to your shop. We can supply slips for point of sale too!

Want to help encourage shops to remove BBQs?

Seen a shop selling BBQs near you? Want to help spread the message? The resources below may help start a conversation with your local shop. Or alternately give us a call to see how we can work with you to encourage the business to choose to remove disposable BBQs and/or display safety messaging in store.

Looking after our heathland in Dorset

Heathlands have high levels of animal and plant biodiversity and are home to many bird species of international importance, including the breeding Nightjar, Woodlark and Dartford Warbler, plus wintering raptors, such as merlin and hen harrier.

Also found on Dorset’s heathlands are all six species of native British reptiles, the southern damselfly and some rare invertebrates, for example the Pubeck mason wasp, ladybird spider, heath tiger beetle and heath bee-fly.

Check out the video from ‘Back from the brink’ to see some of Dorset’s amazing wildlife.

Lets not forget what happened in Wareham…

Wareham Forest Fire May 2020

250 fire fighters worked to control the fire at Wareham. Help came from as far as South Wales. If you see a fire or anti-social behaviour being committed on heathland, or anywhere else:

  • Get to safety

  • Note the location of the incident

  • Call 999

  • Meet the Fire and Rescue Service at the site entrance

  • Do NOT attempt to tackle fires that can’t be put out with a bucket of water


Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue