Open burning may be an easy way to get rid of excess yard debris and trash, but it also contributes to air pollution. The smoke from open burning contributes to particulate matter pollution making it unhealthy to you and your neighbors.
As of July 1, 2007, Lexington County Outdoor Burning Ordinance prohibits the open burning of leaves, tree branches and yard trimmings at private residences within 75 feet of any structure and/or property line. Citizens who burn debris outdoors must take adequate steps to prevent any fire from spreading within 75 feet of any structure.
Open burning that is done for the purpose of clearing land or maintaining a right-of-way must be conducted in compliance with South Carolina air quality regulations. Such open burning is prohibited between April 1 and October 30, when air quality problems are most prevalent in Lexington County.
Here are a few things to do with that yard debris instead of burning it:
- Start a compost pile. Composting creates an organic soil enhancing material that reduces your need to fertilize.
- Grasscycle by leaving grass clippings on the ground. They serve as a natural way to fertilize your yard.
- Grow native, drought tolerant plants that require less watering and pruning.
Questions about the County’s open burn ordinance should be directed to the County’s Fire Services Department at 803-785-8141.
Did You Know?
State law prohibits the burning of the following items:
- Household garbage and trash
- Motor and waste heating oils
- Asphaltic materials
- Tires and other rubber products
- Building materials
- Household Chemicals
- Agricultural Chemicals
- Electric wire or any material with metal content.
For more information on the SC burn laws visit http://www.scdhec.gov/environment/baq/openburning.aspx