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Official says burn barrels banned

Burn barrels are no longer allowed in the city limits of Clinton.

Zoning official Dwight Wilson told the Democrat last week that the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality has been in town and reminded the city that burning trash is illegal.

Wilson said if the ADEQ catches those illegally burning they will first be warned then can be fined as much as $10,000 per day. A city ordinance places the fine at $150.

Wilson said residents cannot burn leaves or yard waste either. He said the city provides bags for leaves, limbs and yard waste and will pick it up for mulch or compost. He said city workers will clean up the area after picking up the bags.

The city provides bags for recycling as well, Wilson said. Household trash should be taken to the transfer station, he said.

Wilson said there have been a number of complaints about burn barrels and the health hazard created by burning trash.

It is a violation of state law to burn trash. Wilson said the ADEQ plans to keep an eye on burning in the county as well as in the city.

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