Falling leaves belong in compost, not burn barrel

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Published on November 05, 2014 with No Comments

It’s that time of the year again, when leaves turn shades of bright orange and red, then fall to the ground, covering your lawn.

Instead of burning yard waste though, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) encourages you to mulch or compost them for use as fertilizer on your lawn or garden. You can also use a wood chipper to mulch leaves and fallen branches.

Why does the state restrict what can be burned by residents? Because smoke from the open burning of trash or yard waste contains harmful pollutants, some of which are highly toxic, and can harm your family’s health. Because this pollution doesn’t stay on your property, it can also harm your neighbors’ health—especially those with asthma, allergies or emphysema. This pollution can also be bad for the environment because it contributes to ground level ozone and fine particle pollution.

However, if no alternatives exist, and you decide to burn your yard waste, there are limitations on how that can be done. IDEM has produced a new video detailing the residential open burning laws of Indiana.

The burning must take place in a well-vented container (a burn barrel is not well-vented), and only leaves, tree branches and twigs can be burned. A properly vented container keeps the fire under control while allowing oxygen to feed the flames and reduce excessive smoke. A screen on top prevents ash and other debris from drifting into the air. Materials, such as refuse, household trash and outdoor waste, plastics, tires, building materials or other debris, treated wood, asbestos or any other non-vegetation material cannot be burned. If the fire creates a pollution problem or becomes a nuisance or fire hazard, the fire must be extinguished.

Residential burning of any kind in Lake, Porter, Clark, and Floyd counties is prohibited.

Some cities, towns or counties may have local ordinances that are stricter than the state rules, and some communities may ban burning altogether. If so, residents must comply with those ordinances even if the fire is allowed under state law. You should check with your local fire department, health department, city, or county government officials to see if local bans or restrictions are in place.

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