Burning trash is illegal
Burning garbage is against the law because it harms our air, land and water and everyone that lives here.
Today's trash has plastics, metals, dyes and chemicals that, when burned, release toxins into our air, settle on our land and in our water. Burning garbage — including cardboard boxes and treated wood — is against the law. Violators can face fines up to $1,000 and up to 90 days in jail.
What you can do
Burning yard waste is OK in some areas with a permit
Each city and township has different rules about burning grass, leaves, brush and untreated lumber.
To find rules and how to get a burn permit, see a
list of cities and townships in Dakota County.
If you suspect illegal burning, call 911. Your call can be anonymous.