Illegal Burning

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“Today's trash is different; plastics, chemicals, and numerous other synthetic materials are far more common in the stuff we throw away. Burning this trash releases high levels of toxic pollutants such as dioxins, sulfur dioxide, lead, and mercury. Children and the elderly are especially sensitive to the air pollution from open burning.”  –Kentucky Division for Air Quality

The only materials that may be burnt are paper, clean and untreated wood, and leaves, however, there are restrictions on burning even on these during the State-imposed Burn Ban, which lasts from May 1 to September 30.


Disposal by burning is illegal in Boone County. In situations like the one above where residents have pushed over a structure and set it on fire, Boone County Solid Waste immediately investigates, halts the burning, and takes enforcement procedures to get the area properly cleaned.  Burning garbage poses a health risk to both the natural environment and human beings. 

Illegal to Burn:

Home & Farm

• Animal Bedding

• Hay

• Muck Piles (horse manure/hay)

• Grass Clippings

• Agricultural Plastic


• Asbestos Materials

• Construction Debris

• Renovation Debris

• Shingles

• Buildings

• Demolition Debris

• Drywall

Household Garbage

• Animal or Vegetable Matter Plastic

• Coated paper products

• Cans

• Glass

Wood Materials

• Fence Posts

• Sawdust

• Wood Mulch

• Pallets

• Wood chips

• Wood shavings

• Painted, Stained, or Pressure-Treated Wood 

• All wood building material



• Chemical Containers

• Insulation

• Carpeting

• Tires

• Coated Wire

• Furniture

• Rubber

• Used Oil

• Waste from Industries, Businesses, Schools, Churches and Farms

 Alternatives to Burning:

1. Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle
2. Compost
3. Landfill

Report Illegal Burning: 1-888-BURN-LAW

Information via


Click here for the Kentucky Administrative Regulation regarding Open Burning. (Kentucky Administrative Regulations Title 401, Chapter 63, Heading #005; Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Cabinet, Department for Environmental Protection)