Article IV: Open Burning

AMENDED ON MAY 7, 2014

25-4-1 DEFINITIONS. Unless the context otherwise requires, the words and phrases herein defined are used in this Article in the sense given them in the following definitions:
(A) “Agricultural Waste” means any refuse, except garbage and dead animals, generated on a farm or ranch by crop and livestock production practices including such items as bags, cartons, dry bedding, structural materials, and crop residues but excluding landscape waste.
(B) Garbage” means refuse resulting from the handling, processing, preparation, cooking and consumption of food or food products.
(C) “Landscape Waste” means any vegetable or plant refuse, except garbage and agricultural waste. The term includes trees, tree trimmings, branches, stumps, brush, weeds, leaves, grass, shrubbery, and yard trimmings.
(D) “Open Burning” means the combustion of any matter in such a way that the products of the combustion are emitted to the open air without originating in or passing through equipment for which a permit could be issued under Section 9(b) of the Environmental Protection Act of the State of Illinois.

25-4-2 PROHIBITIONS. No person shall cause or allow open burning of agricultural waste, building and roofing materials or garbage; and, landscape waste shall not be allowed to be openly burned except as hereinafter provided

25-4-3 RESTRICTIONS ON BURNING OF LANDSCAPE WASTE. The open burning of landscape waste shall be permitted only on the following conditions:
(A) Landscape waste shall be burned on the premises on which such waste is generated; and
(B) Landscape waste shall be burned only when atmospheric conditions shall readily dissipate contaminants; and,
(C) Landscape waste may be burned only if such burning does not create a visibility hazard on roadways, walkways, or railroad tracks; and,
(D) Open burning of landscape waste may only take place during daylight hours with a person over eighteen (18) years of age in attendance during the entire period of burning.
(E) No open burning of landscape waste shall be permitted on Village streets.
(F) No open burning may occur during periods of time when determined by the Chief of the Fire Department, or the Chief of the Police department that atmospheric conditions or local circumstances make such fire hazardous.
(G) REFUSE: Any waste material except clean wood.
(H) MATERIALS THAT MAY NOT BE BURNED: Unless a specific written approval has been obtained from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, the following materials may not be burned in an open fire, incinerator, burn barrel, furnace, stove or any other indoor and outdoor incineration or heating device:
1. Rubbish or garbage including but not limited to food wastes, food wraps, packaging, animal carcasses, paint or painted materials, furniture, composite shingles, construction or demolition debris or other household or business wastes.
2. Green grass, green leaves or other green vegetation.
3. Waste oil or other oily wastes except used oil burned in a heating device for energy recovery subject to appropriate Illinois Environmental Protection Agency restrictions.
4. Asphalt and products containing asphalt.
5. Treated or painted wood including but not limited to plywood, composite wood products or other wood products that are painted, varnished or treated with preservatives.
6. Any plastic material including but not limited to nylon, PVC, ABS, polystyrene or urethane foam, and synthetic fabrics, plastic films, and plastic containers.
7. Rubber including tires and synthetic rubber-like products.

25-4-4 PENALTIES. Any person, whether as principal, agent, employee, or otherwise, convicted for violation of any section of this Article shall be find a minimum of Twenty-Five Dollars ($25.00), and a sum not to exceed Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) for nay one offense. Nothing herein shall limit any other right or remedy of the Village or other person in interest including the right to obtain an injunction of any violation form a Court of competent jurisdiction.

Last Update: October 04, 2018