Designated Leaf Burning Days?

The Effingham community has wrestled with the issue of the burning of yard waste for some time.  Efforts to create a turnkey solution that includes curb side pickup of regular trash, yard waste, and recyclables is under examination and experimentation.  HSHS St. Anthony’s Hospital has a big information push going on right now to mitigate as much burning and air pollution as possible.  The Effingham Water Authority just banned burning on Sundays.  Many submit it is time for the City of Effingham to take a step in that direction.  It seems a modified burning ban can be a happy medium.  


If the city were to identify days residents can burn and days residents cannot burn, what would make sense?

Here’s a suggestion:  Burning is banned on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays.  

Burning is allowed on Fridays, Saturdays, and Mondays.  The rationale here is that people who work, either during the week or on the weekend, would have an opportunity to burn.


Tell me what you think


I think short of having a service to pick up yard waste, having designated burning days would be great. We always feel terrible burning yard waste (we have a shared pile with neighbors), but there doesn't seem to be any other way to get rid of it!

How about when you've worked to get them all piled up on your off day, but the next 'burn day' is forecast for rain (and the next several), which will leave a soaked mess that will be there for weeks before it can be burned? I know I was racing against the clock once in recent memory - I think it was last fall.

I'm not sure we can work in enough consideration and provisos to deal with Mother Nature. We feel this current proposal is a small step in the direction of a turnkey pickup service that will take into consideration regular trash, recyclables, and yard waste. The biggest benefit with our current proposal is to make Sunday a smoke free day. Thanks for the input, Glen!

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