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 burned are paper, clean and untreated wood, and leaves, however, there are restrictions on burning 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. 

The following are always illegal to burn:

Never Burn 
Home and Farm     Wood Materials
 Animal Bedding   Fence Posts 
Hay    Sawdust 
Muck Piles (manure/hay)    Mulch 
Grass Clippings    Pallets 
Agricultural Plastic    Wood Chips 
    Wood Shavings 
Construction    Painted, Stained, or Pressure-Treated Wood 
Asbestos Materials     
Construction Debris    Miscellaneous 
Renovation Debris    Chemical Containers 
Shingles    Insulation 
Buildings    Carpeting 
Demolition Debris    Carpet Padding 
Drywall    Tires 
    Coated Wire 
Household Garbage    Furniture 
Animal or Vegetable Matter Plastic   Mattresses
Coated Paper Products    Used Oil 
Cans   Diapers
Glass    Rubber 
    Waste from Industries, Businesses,
Schools,Churches, or Farms

Alternatives to Burning:
1. Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle
2. Compost
3. Landfill

Report Illegal Burning 1-502-782-6592
Information via

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