Many residents have a "burn barrel" on their property to get rid of unwanted trash and debris. It is a time-honored custom in the township, one which most of the 70 people who attended the hearing are not ready to give up.
An existing regulation bans the burning of household garbage and products made from petroleum, like plastics, Eigenbrode said.
The township has no mandatory trash pickup but does run a transfer station at which residents can drop off garbage and trash. The station compacts it and hauls it to a private landfill in Upton, Pa. Residents can recycle paper, glass and aluminum under a volunteer program.
All but two who spoke at the hearing opposed the ban.
"There's nothing wrong with burning clean trash," said Roy Swope of Penmar Road. He blamed new people moving into the community for demanding the ordinance.
Many residents with acreage said they could not get rid of tree limbs and brush if the law is passed.
"I've been clearing and burning all summer. What are we supposed to do with it?" said Bill Huff of Waynesboro, who owns land he wants to build on in the township.
Diana Henneberger and Sandra Rook favor the ban. Both said they live in densely populated developments and are affected by neighbors who burn everything from dirty diapers to plastics and garbage.
"They go out, light it up and walk away. I have to close my windows," Henneberger said.
Eigenbrode said the ordinance received more favorable comments at an earlier hearing.