ADEM:  Disposal of Vegetative Waste by Open Burning


The Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) defines vegetative waste as vegetative material from land clearing, from yard maintenance (leaves and limbs) and from similar activities.

Any other types of waste, such as domestic garbage, industrial waste, treated wood, mattresses, furniture, shingles, etc. cannot be burned.


Open burning of vegetative waste must occur at least 500 feet from an occupied dwelling.


Vegetative burning is prohibited from May 1 to November 1 of each year in the following counties:  Baldwin, DeKalb, Etowah, Jefferson, Lawrence, Madison,

Mobile, Montgomery, Morgan, Shelby, Russell and Talladega.  This burn ban was established to minimize air quality impacts in critical months.


Illegal open burning can result in ADEM's imposing a fine to the responsible party.


Questions regarding open burning may be directed to ADEM at (334) 271-7879 or 7869.