Open Burning Prohibited

Why Do Ohio's Laws Prohibit So Many Kinds of Open Burning?

Depending upon the material being burned, open fires can release many kinds of toxic fumes. Leaves and plant material send aloft millions of spores when they catch fire, causing many people with allergies to have difficulty breathing. The pollutants released by open burning also make it more difficult to attain, or maintain, health-based air quality standards, especially in or near the major metropolitan centers. The gases released by open burning can also harm neighboring buildings by corroding metal siding and damage paint. Besides, open burning is not a very efficient way to get rid of wastes since open fires do not get hot enough to burn the materials completely.

Materials Not to Burn

Some materials may not be burned anywhere in the state at any time. These are:
  • Materials containing rubber, grease, asphalt or made from petroleum, such as tires cars and auto parts, plastic, or plastic-coated wire.
  • Garbage-any wastes created in the process of handling, preparing, cooking, or the consumption of food; and
  • Dead animals