Our Code Enforcement Office has been receiving complaints lately in regard to people who are openly burning garbage. Garbage burning is strictly prohibited and violators of the state’s open burning regulation are subject to both criminal and civil enforcement actions, with a minimum fine of $500 for a first offense. If you see someone ACTIVELY burning garbage, you need to call the NYSDEC Enforcement Dispatch Center immediately at 1-(844)-332-3267. The perpetrator needs to be “caught in the act” with a visible fire, so keep that in mind before calling.
Here are two pdfs from the DEC that may help explain some of the rules and regulations:
For further information, please visit the DEC’s website at: https://www.dec.ny.gov