The Dangers of Burning Trash

It is illegal to burn and a violation of the Monroe County Municipal Waste Management Ordinance and may bear fines of up to $1, 000. You are only allowed to burn brush if there is no burn ban in effect and your township allows. Please inquire with your township about burning ordinances.

PLEASE DO NOT BURN YOUR TRASH. Doing so is a risk to your heath, impacts the environment, is an overall hazard.

Open burning of garbage poses health risks to those exposed directly to the smoke. It especially affects people with sensitive respiratory systems, as well as children and the elderly.

Man dies from injuries burning trash at local Monroe County home

In the short term, exposure to smoke can cause headaches, nausea, and rashes. Over time, it can increase the risk of developing heart disease. Some of the pollutants contained in the smoke from open burning of garbage can include:

  • Dioxins
  • Furans
  • Arsenic
  • Mercury
  • PCBs
  • Lead
  • Carbon monoxide
  • Nitrogen oxides
  • Sulphur oxides
  • Hydrochloric acid

Visit for more on information on the hazards of backyard burning.

For public safety, please report burning of waste to The Waste Authority Police Officers at 570) 643-6100

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