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Burning ban approved in Washington Township

August 16, 2005|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - While discussion on a proposed law banning the burning of leaves has been heated for months, the Washington Township Supervisors cooled the issue Monday when they adopted it without fanfare.

Residents attended meeting after meeting in recent months to express their opposition to the burn ban and won a few minor concessions, but the burning of leaves no longer will be allowed in the township.

Residents won't be able to burn anything that can be recycled, including glass bottles, aluminum and bimetal cans, steel cans, plastic containers, newspaper and cardboard.

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Junk mail and most newspaper advertising inserts may be burned because they are not recyclable.

The law does allow the limited burning of some brush, tree trunks and tree limbs felled by major storms but not within 100 feet of a structure.

The supervisors passed the law to protect a $292,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection the township needs to pay for upgrades already made at its recycling center off Pa. 16 east of Waynesboro.

The township had to follow DEP dictates, which called for a total ban on burning anything recyclable, including leaves and brush.

Residents will have to bag their leaves in biodegradable plastic bags and bundle their brush piles and leave them on the curb for their trash hauler to pick up and take to the recycling center for composting.

The new ordinance has no effect on residents' ability to burn nonrecyclables in burn barrels on their property.

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