Open Burn Information

Learn Before You Burn

Kentucky has laws regarding outdoor and open burning.  Violating state air quality regulations could result in a fine of up to $25,000 per day.

Check this Open Burning List to learn what is allowed and prohibited in Kentucky.

For local bans, see the Division of Forestry’s County Burn Ban page.

What Can’t I Burn

Most materials are illegal to burn outdoors because they emit harmful air pollutants. Tires, plastics, food scraps, treated or painted wood, and most household trash items are illegal to dispose of by burning.

What Can I Burn

Wood campfires and bonfires, burning natural growth from land clearing, agricultural plant beds, and prescribed burning for land management are generally permitted throughout the year.

Fire Hazard Season and Fire Emergencies

Fire Hazard Season is Oct. 1 – Dec. 15 and Feb. 15 – Apr. 30. During this time, outdoor burning within 150 feet of any woodland or brush-land area is allowed only in the evening hours between 6 pm and 6 am. All open burning is prohibited when a fire emergency is declared.

More Information

Visit the Kentucky Division for Air Quality’s Open Burning page.  The Division for Air Quality’s open burning brochure explains further Kentucky’s open burning regulation.

Illegal Dumping

These 2 photos from around 4 pm on Thursday 3 March 2022 show a woman illegally dumping a mattress on the road outside the facility when it was closed.  Please contact us at (502) 633-2699 if you know this person.

Changes Due to Coronavirus

June 2021

Individuals who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 are not required to wear masks.  Non vaccinated people are requested to wear a mask or face covering.

We continue to accept all recyclables in self service receptacles at the Shelby County Recycling Facility.  Please separate items and place in the appropriate bin.

Document shredding service has resumed and there is no fee.