There are plenty of creative projects being explored these days with so many people at home during the Covid-19 pandemic. Given the burn ban effective May 1, one of those projects should not be burning yard debris.
The Ga. Environmental Protection Division’s (EPD) outdoor burn ban went into effect on May 1 for 47 counties and will continue until Oct. 1. During this time, no burn permits will be issued for the burning of yard debris.
“Typically, the ban prohibits citizens and businesses from burning yard and land-clearing debris during the summer ozone season, which runs from May 1 through Sept. 30. This is in addition to the rule that prohibits the burning of household garbage. Burning household garbage is never allowed anywhere in Georgia,” EPD said.
Recreational activities such as campfires and grilling are exempt from the open burning ban. Burning of vegetative materials at agricultural operations is also exempt.
Citizens can access more information on the open burning ban by calling 404-362-2671 or visiting https://epd.georgia.gov/ and clicking on “Open Burning Rules for Georgia” under Popular Topics.