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Restrictions on Open Burning

Allowable Open Burning

Open Burning

The unrestricted open burning of materials has been determined to be detrimental to the public health, environment, and air quality. Open burning increases the pollutants in the atmosphere and is a general health hazard.

The Colorado Air Pollution Control Laws and Regulations generally prohibit open burning throughout the state unless a burn permit has been obtained from the appropriate air pollution control authority.

In cooperation with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment regulates the open burning of any materials.

 

Allowable Open Burning

An open burning permit may be issued for weeds, small branches, leaves, garden debris, and brush.

Open BurningPrivate Household Trash: Paper, cardboard, and untreated wood products are the only household trash that can be burned. Household trash also contains rubber, plastic, food wastes, wet paper, treated or coated wood products, and other constituents which may not be burned.

Agricultural Burning: Burning of cover vegetation for the purpose of preparing the soil for crop production, weed control, clearing irrigation ditches, and other agricultural cultivation purposes is allowed without a permit. This does not include open burning around the house and yard in rural areas.

Burn Permits

Burn Permits are issued for compliance with air pollution control requirements only and are not a permit to violate any existing local laws, rules, regulations, or ordinances regarding fire, zoning or building.

Some municipalities further restrict open burning, such as Greeley, Platteville, Frederick and Fort Lupton. Check with your local municipality before applying for an open burning permit.

Prohibited Open Burning

A burn permit may not be issued for the disposal of large amounts of materials for with a practical alternative disposal method exists. The alternate disposal method does not have to be as cost effective or convenient as open burning.

A burning permit may not be issued for any of the following: plastic, tires, insulation on wire, car bodies, any painted material, oil products including waste oil, treated wood products including railroad ties, dump or landfill burning, and any material which will yield large volumes of smoke and particulate.

No permits will be issued for the burning of buildings or structures for disposal.

No permits will be issued for wood residue from wood processing activities.

No permits will be issued for burning of improper materials as household trash.

Enforcement

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's Air Pollution Control Division and the Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment's Environmental Health Services Division are responsible for the enforcement of Air Pollution Control Laws and Regulations in Weld County.

Burning without a permit or burning improper materials may subject the responsible party to penalties from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's Air Pollution Control Division including fines between $100 and $10,000 depending on the nature of the violation.

Alternatives

There are numerous landfills located in Weld County and can be utilized to properly dispose of materials. Many times tree limbs, lumber, and landscape wastes can be disposed of at a commercial composting facility. Use a backyard-composting bin. Utilize the periodic cleanup days sponsored by many communities. Utilize the Weld County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Centers.

Additional Information

Weld County Department of Public Health & Environment's Environmental Health Services

1555 N. 17th Avenue

Greeley, CO 80631

(970) 304-6415

Hazardous Waste Collection Centers

Greeley Area: (970) 304-6415 ext. 2233

Fort Lupton Area: (970) 857-4334 ext. 2233

C.A.R.T - A Manual for Success, 2nd Edition

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C.A.R.T - A Manual for Success, 2nd Edition

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To obtain a copy of this book please contact the Adams County Small Acreage Coordinator 303.637.8157

 

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