Open burning

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Open burning is defined as burning any material outdoors without any air pollution controls in place. Burning in an unconfined area, a container or a pile are all considered to be open burning.

Burning solid waste materials, such as treated wood, plastic, household garbage and most other trash is prohibited statewide, and local ordinances may be more stringent than statewide requirements. It is legal to burn items such as leaves, brush and clean wood under some circumstances. However, you need to make sure you have any necessary burn permits.

It is always better to use alternative disposal methods, including composting, recycling and landfilling.

Last revised: Wednesday, April 30, 2014