DEP Burning Guidelines
 

 Burning Guidance

 

The burning guidance listed below originates from the Commonwealth’s Solid Waste Management Act, Act of July 7, 1980, P.L. 380, as amended, 35 P.S. §§6018.101-6018.1003 and the Air Pollution Control Act, Act of January 8, 1960, P.L. 2119, as amended, 35 P.S. §§ 4001-4015.

If a resident has further questions, they can contact the Department’s Northeast Regional Office at (570) 826-2511 or register a complaint at 1 (866) 255-5158.

 

 Household Waste

 

Acceptable to Burn

Burning of household waste is allowed when it is conducted on the premises of its origination and when the structure is occupied solely as a dwelling by two families or less.

Household waste is waste that results from the normal occupancy of the dwelling.

 

Illegal to Burn

Items such as, furniture, tires, lumber, siding, insulation, processed & unprocessed construction & demolition waste, flooring, wallboard, roofing material, telephone poles, railroad ties, and insulation from electrical wiring should not be burned. Wastes such as plastic or Styrofoam that aren’t regularly generated in the home should not be burned. An operating Business is prohibited from burning any waste.

 

Alternatives

Much of the household waste stream can be recycled. Waste that cannot be recycled should be properly disposed of and burning should be a last resort option.

 

 Land Clearing and Grubbing Waste

 

Acceptable to Burn

Residentially generated land clearing and grubbing waste (includes leaves, stumps, limbs, branches…) can be burned if it is generated on the property. Commercially generated land clearing and grubbing waste (includes leaves, stumps, limbs, branches…) can be burned if it is generated on a property located outside of an Air Basin. This type of waste cannot be brought to a different site and burned or buried/used as fill material.

 

Illegal to Burn

Commercially generated land clearing and grubbing waste (includes leaves, stumps, limbs, branches…) cannot be burned if it is generated on a property located in an Air Basin. Commercial businesses cannot burn land clearing and grubbing waste outside of an Air Basin if smoke is leaving the property and/or causing a nuisance.

 

Alternatives

Leaf and yard waste can be composted for future use or left on the property as wildlife habitat.

 

 Demolition Waste/Structures

 

Acceptable to Burn

The only time demolition waste (demolished structures) can be burned is during approved FIRE TRAINING or when the combustible material is clean and free of paint and provides a heating value.

 

Illegal to Burn

The burning of condemned, partially burned buildings or abandoned buildings/structures for the sole purpose of disposal or for removing the structure from the present location is illegal.

 

Alternatives

Prior to the training, the following three conditions listed below need to be met:

  1. Fire academy approval
  2. DEP approval
  3. Asbestos removal requirements

Building materials can be salvaged and reused/recycled.