What Not To Burn

ITEMS

IS IT OK TO BURN

PROPER DISPOSAL

Tires & Other Rubber Products

NO

Counties are required by state law to provide a site for the collection and temporary storage of waste tires.  Contact the office of your county executive or local solid waste office to learn the location of the waste tire storage site in your county.

Plastics

NO

Plastics should be recycled or reused.

Paper products & cardboard

NO

Paper, especially newspaper is collected everywhere.  It is also suitable for composting.

Paints & Chemicals

NO

Tennessee has a mobile hazardous household waste service that goes from county to county every Saturday from mid-March to mid-November.  Farmers bringing pesticide wastes to designated collection sites for disposal will remain anonymous and will not have to pay a fee for collection or disposal.  All Tennessee farmers are eligible to participate

Aerosol and food cans

NO

Contact the local solid waste office or public landfill

Mobile homes & buildings

NO

Contact the local solid waste office or public landfill.

Building materials

NO

Contact the local solid waste office or public landfill.

Copper & electrical wires

NO

Metal recyclers accept wire.

Household trash

NO

Use a public landfill.  Take to local convenience center and/or use a paid collection service.

Leaves & trees not grown at burn site

NO

Compost yard trimmings or take to the public landfill.  Check your local and/or other state ordinances for further restrictions on the open burning of leaves and trees.

Asphalt shingles & oils

NO

Contact the local solid waste office or public landfill. Put your used oil in a clean plastic container with a tight lid.  Take your used oil to a service station. Used oil collection centers will collect up to 5 gallons a day from do-it-yourselfers.  Call the Used Oil Hotline at 1-800-287-9013 for more information.

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