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
From NYS DEC
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,
- 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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