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Burning Trash in a BarrelBarrel Burning

Are you or someone you know in your neighborhood, burning garbage in a barrel? According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), dioxin is dispersed into the air we breathe when people burn their garbage. Dioxin is one of the leading toxins responsible for causing cancer and it has been determined that garbage burning is the leading source of dioxin that ends up in our food.

A 1997 EPA study shows that if 2 to 40 households burn garbage, they produce as much dioxin as a 200 ton per day incinerator! The toxins emitted from the smoke from burning garbage can also cause respiratory and other health problems for those exposed to the smoke.

NOTE: CCHD does not regulate barrel burning. This web page is to inform the public, so that they know the dangers that garbage burning can cause to all of us.


What are the Laws in NY State?

As of October 14, 2009 New York State regulation Part 215 prohibits open burning of household trash statewide and burning of yard waste in many areas of the state. Local communities may also have laws or ordinances that restrict open burning; check with your local Codes Enforcement Officer or fire department for information on local restrictions.


What Can I do to Get Rid of Garbage?

Instead of burning trash in a barrel, you should...

Reduce - buy in bulk or larger quantities and demand less packaging on the products you buy
Reuse - find someone else who can use it, have a yard sale, or donate it to a resale or non-profit organization
Recycle - newspaper, office paper, corrugated cardboard, magazines, aluminum, metal, acceptable plastics and any other material your community recycles
Compost - leaves, plant clippings and food waste
Chip - brush and clean wood to make mulch or decorative chips, or use it as heating fuel in wood stoves or boilers
Dispose - of allowable waste materials at a permitted landfill or waste-to-energy facility

 

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Further Reading

Hazards of Barrel Burning

NYS Fact Sheet

NYSDEC FAQ

NYSDEC Regulations

Barrel Burning Brochure


Contact Us
Clinton County Health Department 
Environmental Health & Safety Division
(518) 565-4870 

  PHAB

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Burning Trash in a BarrelBarrel Burning

Are you or someone you know in your neighborhood, burning garbage in a barrel? According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), dioxin is dispersed into the air we breathe when people burn their garbage. Dioxin is one of the leading toxins responsible for causing cancer and it has been determined that garbage burning is the leading source of dioxin that ends up in our food.

A 1997 EPA study shows that if 2 to 40 households burn garbage, they produce as much dioxin as a 200 ton per day incinerator! The toxins emitted from the smoke from burning garbage can also cause respiratory and other health problems for those exposed to the smoke.

NOTE: CCHD does not regulate barrel burning. This web page is to inform the public, so that they know the dangers that garbage burning can cause to all of us.


What are the Laws in NY State?

As of October 14, 2009 New York State regulation Part 215 prohibits open burning of household trash statewide and burning of yard waste in many areas of the state. Local communities may also have laws or ordinances that restrict open burning; check with your local Codes Enforcement Officer or fire department for information on local restrictions.


What Can I do to Get Rid of Garbage?

Instead of burning trash in a barrel, you should...

Reduce - buy in bulk or larger quantities and demand less packaging on the products you buy
Reuse - find someone else who can use it, have a yard sale, or donate it to a resale or non-profit organization
Recycle - newspaper, office paper, corrugated cardboard, magazines, aluminum, metal, acceptable plastics and any other material your community recycles
Compost - leaves, plant clippings and food waste
Chip - brush and clean wood to make mulch or decorative chips, or use it as heating fuel in wood stoves or boilers
Dispose - of allowable waste materials at a permitted landfill or waste-to-energy facility

 

INFO BAR


Further Reading

Hazards of Barrel Burning

NYS Fact Sheet

NYSDEC FAQ

NYSDEC Regulations

Barrel Burning Brochure


Contact Us
Clinton County Health Department 
Environmental Health & Safety Division
(518) 565-4870 

  PHAB