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Just a reminder: Leaf burning off limits in Marion County

Dried branches, limbs and twigs can be burned
Leaf collections begin next week
Posted at 10:59 PM, Nov 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-06 22:59:58-05

INDIANAPOLIS — With a warm weekend on tap, there will be plenty of yard work going on. Which is why the Department of Business and Neighborhood Services (BNS) is reminding Marion County residents that it is illegal to burn leaves. Other materials that are illegal to burn at any time in Marion County include:

  • Household garbage/trash
  • Furniture/mattresses
  • Animal carcasses
  • Leaves
  • Tires

County residents may only burn dried branches, limbs and twigs that originate from their property for disposal if they follow these requirements:

  • Use a non-combustible container with a ventilated mesh covering with openings no greater than one-fourth inch
  • Place container at least 15 feet from any structure, trees or other object that may catch fire
  • Maintain a means to extinguish the fire at all times while burning
  • Burn ONLY between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
  • Attend to the fire at all times
  • Prevent nuisance activity

Permitted open burning types include:

  • Ceremonial bonfires conducted by established groups, such as schools, churches or neighborhood organizations.
  • Campfires and patio fire pits
  • Cooking fires such as barbecue grills
  • Personal comfort fires

And about those leaves: Indy DPW leaf collection begins on Monday, November 9. For more information, visit indy.gov/activity/leaf-collection-season [indy.gov].