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A common method used to manage yard debris in the past was the burning of organic materials in an outdoor setting. In most areas of Indiana, burning of yard wastes as a yard waste management strategy is not an option because of local burning bans. These bans were enacted because of air pollution and fire concerns. If a burning ban is not mandated at the local level there are still state rules that must be complied with as specified in Indiana Legislation.
IDEM has identified a need for assistance to local units of government in establishing local burn bans. Local bans on open burning give more control to local units of government in establishing their organic management programs. IDEM has conducted an informal survey of Indiana communities by collecting samples of their local enacted open burning bans. After review of the bans, some general characteristics and consistencies have emerged.
IDEM has selected examples of local community burn bans below: