NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Ban on Open Burning

| March 16, 2017

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Ban on Open Burning

goes into effect March 16, 2017 and remains in effect until May 14, 2017.

For more information click here.

Watch a PSA on open burning


Burning Trash Causes Pollution and Health Risks

Burning household trash, whether in an open pit, burn barrel or a wood stove, is illegal, unhealthy, unneighborly and unnecessary. It causes: 

  • serious health concerns and diseases,
  • wildfires,
  • contaminated soil; and
  • interference with the comfortable enjoyment of life or property.

What’s Wrong with Burn Barrels?

Burn barrels smolder and temperatures rarely exceed 500 degrees Fahrenheit, which causes incomplete combustion and releases greater amounts of harmful chemicals into the air. Permitted incinerators operate at 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit to insure complete combustion, and they use efficient filters to reduce harmful emissions.


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