Landscape Waste

Definition
  • Landscape waste includes dry leaves, the dry trimmings or fallen pieces of trees or bushes, and other dry vegetative matter as is ordinarily produced by any yard, garden, or lot.
Permitted Burning
  • Beginning April 1 and ending May 1, and beginning October 1 and ending November 30
  • No burning permitted on Mondays or Fridays
  • Burning permitted on all other days between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  • Burning days may be further restricted if, in the determination of the Fire Chief, weather or other unsafe conditions exist; those restrictions will be posted and distributed through local news media
Restrictions
  • Burning of landscape waste may be unlawful when it causes a public nuisance.
  • Burning shall be at least 25 feet from any structure or vehicle and must not occur on public property.
  • Fire must be attended by a responsible person at all times and a means of extinguishment must be available.
  • Smoke must not obstruct the view on a street, sidewalk or railroad track.
According to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, the following activities are never allowed or permitted:
  • Open burning of waste by a business is illegal (except for landscape waste generated to maintain the property and agricultural waste generated on the property under limited circumstances).
  • Open burning of garbage (i.e., food, food scraps, food packaging, and diapers), construction/demolition debris, tires, and materials containing asbestos is always prohibited.