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
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.