Law limits what waste rural Michigan residents can burn.

10 May 2012

Michigan is the last Great Lakes state that permits rural residents to burn household waste in burn barrels, but a new law rules out the burning of some materials.  In a move to protect Michigan residents from exposure to toxic smoke, House Bill 4207 was recently signed into law banning the open burning of household waste that contains “plastic, rubber, foam, chemically treated wood, textiles, electronics, chemicals or hazardous materials.”  Rural residents still can burn yard waste such as brush and leaves, and household waste such as cardboard and paper products.

While the intent is good, there is not a lot of teeth in the new law.  A first offense results in a simple warning and offenders who violate the law four times or more face a civil fine of not more than $300.

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