THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT BURN PERMITS
The leaves are falling and we’re constantly raking them up! What to do with all those piles?! Burning them seems to be the traditional, easy solution but did you know it’s against the law to burn leaves, or grass clippings in certain areas in Michigan?
What about other stuff?
HEALTH RISKS OF BURNING TRASH: Chemicals from the burning of household trash may include hydrogen cyanide, sulfur dioxides, polycyclic aromtaic hydrocarbons, benzene, lead, mercury, and dioxin. Exposure to the fine particulate matter, which contains a variety of chemicals, can have acute and chronic health effects, including cardiovascular and respiratory conditions like asthma. On April 19, 2012, Public Act 102 was signed into law, prohibiting the open burning of several household trash items. Click here to find out about the entire law.
Although you don’t need an ‘official’ burn permit in Clayton Township, this is what you need to know:
- Michigan State Law says there is NO burning of leaves in any city or township with over 7,500 residents. Can you believe, Clayton Township is home to over 7,900 residents!? The previous law (Act 451 of 1994) was amended on April 19, 2012; get the complete law here: Public Act 102 of 2012
- For a complete listing of ALL burning regulations, click here: michigan.gov/openburning
- When you want to burn small limbs, brush or branches, all you need to do is call the Swartz Creek Area Fire Department at 810.635.2300 and let them know. No paperwork involved, it’s that easy!
- Keep up to date with the Swartz Creek Area Fire Department by clicking here.