e.alleg wrote:Freddy wrote:So up until this new law it was legal to burn trash in a 55 gallon drum? Honestly, that stopped here over 30 years ago!!!
Yes. I used to burn trash with pride. The way I see it is I can pay $100 a year and take my trash to the dump so they can burn it for me or I can save the permit fee and the gas to get to the dump and burn it myself. Actually the state should encourage home burning because it will increase recycling. Go to the dump and look at how much recyclables end up in the garbage bin. Compare that to the burn barrel guy who has to deal with stuff that won't burn up like metal and glass, it doesn't get thrown away that's for sure. What I do now is recycle all my plastics, glass, metal, and cardboard for free at the dump and shred all my paper to use as packing materials for stuff I ship UPS. All food items get fed to the pig or composted. Unfortunately there is still some stuff left that is simply garbage, mostly plastic packaging wrappers and stuff, and I bag that and send it to the dump when someone I know with a permit goes or if I'm lucky they will let me throw a bag in the bin without a permit. I will admit that it was much easier to just burn the trash. They do allow farm burning so it's not too big a deal if I want to have a fire anyway. They really wanted to stop the people from burning the insulation off the copper wires, I firmly believe that was the stimulus for this law.
I've had a burn barrel for 29 years now and all we have ever burned is paper and cardboard, the barrel is up on blocks and has a zillion air holes in it [ 9mm ] so what ever is in it burns very fast with minimal smoke but my neighbors take the bag with the kitchen garbage in it and try to burn wet coffee grounds and plastic and anything else that's wet and nonflamable and the dam thing smokes for hours sometimes even day, and guess what, they are the ones bitchin the most about the burn barrel law and IMO they are the ones that helped get it passed by there stinky smoke that drifts everywhere all day long, my $.002