Studies have proven the burning of household trash releases pollutants such as hydrogen cyanide, benzene, lead, mercury and carbon dioxide into the air. The smoke is a nuisance to neighbors of the trash burning citizens and the particulate material released in the smoke is harmful to those with respiratory issues, such as asthma.
From now until April 1, the burning of household trash will be allowed in burn barrels. The barrels are problematic because they are often unattended while burning. According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DNRE), 30% of all wildfires are caused by burning debris resulting in hundreds of thousands of dollars of property damage. The new law will not apply to recreational or campfires.
The DNRE will be working to educate the public and elected officials about the new open burn ban, the dangers of trash burning and waste disposal options in their community. The burn ban will be enforced by local government and will result in less pollution, less smoke and odor created by the burning of garbage, and fewer wild fires. The hope is to create cleaner air resulting in better health for all.