Burning trash is prohibited statewide in all cases. Existing law prohibits burning household trash in wood stoves, fireplaces,
and outdoor wood boilers. In other words, you may not burn unwanted household stuff outside or in your wood stove.
Violations are subject to law enforcement actions, primarily by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation police officers
and forest rangers.
All open burning is prohibited in New York with several exceptions
including the following:
- Campfires less than 3 feet in height and 4 feet in length, width or diameter are allowed.
cooking fires are allowed.
- Fires cannot be left unattended and must be fully extinguished.
- Only charcoal or
clean, untreated or unpainted wood can be burned.
- Ceremonial or celebratory bonfires are allowed.
- State law
permits you to burn tree limbs with attached leaves. The limbs must be less than 6 inches in diameter and 8 feet in length
(also referred to as brush).
- However, this is not allowed from March 16 through May 14 due
to the increased risk of wildfires.
Burning leaves is banned in New York
Farms with organic agricultural wastes may burn on-site where they are grown or generated
including brush and wood produced by clearing fields and other activities. The fire must be located on contiguous agricultural
land larger than 5 acres, and the materials capable of being fully burned within 24 hours.
report environmental law violations call 1-800-TIPP DEC