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.