Open Burning

Learn Before You Burn

Alert Tennesseans know burning trash outdoors is:

  • harmful to the air we breathe
  • unhealthy for our neighbors – near and far
  • unsafe
  • often unnecessary

What Not to Burn in Tennessee:

  • Tires and other rubber products
  • Vinyl siding and vinyl shingles
  • Plastics and other synthetic materials
  • Paper products, cardboard and newspaper
  • Asphalt shingles, and other asphalt roofing materials and demolition debris
  • Asbestos-containing materials
  • Paints, household and agricultural chemicals
  • Aerosol cans and food cans
  • Building material and construction debris
  • Buildings and mobile homes
  • Coated wire
  • Household trash
  • Most vegetation not grown on site

It may be okay to burn leaves, branches, tree limbs, twigs, lawn clippings, woody vegetation, yard trimmings, clean unpainted, uncoated wood or untreated lumber. Check your local and/or other state ordinances. Improper out-door burning can lead to fines up to $25,000.

This is the Law in Tennessee.

Alert Tennesseans know there are other options instead of outdoor burning:

  • Recycling
  • Composting

Help reduce air pollution in Tennessee by avoiding outdoor burning.

Call TDEC at 1-888-891-TDEC