Georgia EPD Open Burning Ban Begins May 1, 2020 for dozens of Georgia Counties. Beginning May 1 and ending September 30, EPD’s open burning ban will be in effect for many Georgia counties, including Walton.
The open burning ban is not new. It began in 1996 in the metro Atlanta area and expanded to include other Georgia counties in subsequent years. The open burning ban prohibits citizens and business from burning yard and land-clearing debris. This rule is in addition to the year-round state ban on the burning of household garbage. People, particularly children, are more apt to be outdoors during May through September. It is during this time that ozone and particle pollution are generally higher than the other parts of the year. Some actions, such as campfires and agricultural activities, are exempt from this ban.
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