Open Burning Information
An EPA report published in November 1997 shows that a single household burn barrel may emit as much toxic chemicals as a well-controlled municipal incinerator. "Major sources" of pollution, such as incinerators and factories, have been regulated for years. Now, DEP is focusing on educating the public about the impact of smaller sources - such as open burning - on air quality. A link to the EPA report and several related documents are found below in Technical Articles.
For information about recyclable materials, please visit Pennsylvania's Recycling Page and learn what types of materials go where. For help with your questions about recyclables and composting, this page includes lists of the DEP Regional Recycling Coordinators and local County Recycling Coordinators.