Burning is punishable by law and can lead to fines starting at
$375, so be sure you know the law. Effective October 14, 2009 new open
burning regulations now prohibit burning across the State with only a
few exceptions. Burning trash (even in a burn barrel) is now illegal in
all areas of the State, including rural areas. The State has also
restricted the burning of leaves, instead encouraging composting.
Farmers are now no longer allowed to burn agricultural plastics, instead
requiring landfill disposal. Some local governments also have their own
laws that restrict burning so be sure to check with your local
officials for any laws that may affect you and your neighborhood.To
help dispel some of the common misconceptions surrounding this new
regulation the following table is a partial listing of common activities
that may concern local residents.
What Are The Health Effects?
What Should I Do Instead?
Last updated January 17, 2023