Michigan Ready to Ban Burning of Household Trash

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan is getting ready to ban the burning of household trash by ending a longstanding exemption allowing people to use burn barrels for material such as wood, paper and foam.
The Detroit News reports that anyone caught burning household waste after April 1 would be subject to fines laid out in local codes. Municipal agencies and law enforcement will be responsible for handling any violations.
Most states prohibit the burning of trash. Michigan has exempted household waste for about 30 years, but officials last year laid out plans to end the practice.
Flames or sparks from burn barrels can start wildfires, and some neighbors complain of smoke and smells from burning trash.
The use of burn barrels is common in some rural areas that lack affordable garbage pickup.


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  • by sheryl Location: russell on Mar 21, 2011 at 03:25 PM
    No it shouldn't be ban. We should be allowed to burn house waste in burning barrels.
  • by sheryl Location: russell on Mar 21, 2011 at 03:24 PM
    No it shouldn't be ban. We should be allowed to burn house waste in burning barrels.
  • by Anonymous Location: rural area on Mar 21, 2011 at 03:17 PM
    It seems that more & more we are losing our rights to things we should be able to decide ourselves. If we are extremely careful, why not. We have always abided within common sense guidelines of burning (i.e. not under windy, dry conditions, notifying township ahead of time, no hazardous items, etc.) Come on we don't want to lose our home and property either to fire. Why add more to landfill that we could dispose of ourselves?
  • by Anonymous on Mar 21, 2011 at 11:15 AM
    provide incentives for people to pick up the trash and get rid of it. I am starting to see more household trash at gas stations and illegal dumps in dumpsters.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 21, 2011 at 05:58 AM
    ALL michigan?Our area hasn't posted anything yet.Fines make money for the city or state.To have curb pick up of garbage is expensive enough!Is anything else going to cost people MORE.Please repeat this on the news weekly so people know.Put it in post offices postings,or have some one take door to door,in small towns.I don't think many know about this.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 21, 2011 at 05:08 AM
    Ok I see.Well we can have a lot more garb sitting around.We can make money for towns by fines.Most important we can fill land fills with more garb.This is something that is going to cost people more MONEY.I admit I have seen {stupid} people burning when way to hot causing dry ground& brush,or when windy.Those are the people that cause fires.FINE THEM & leave the {careful}burner alone.Any thing to cause more people to SPEND more money.
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