What is the Illinois Law on Open Burning?
Cooking and campfires are allowed either on private property or in public areas where specified. Open Burning of garbage is prohibited in Illinois. Burning of household waste (except garbage) is permitted only on the premises where it is generated and outside any “restricted area” (defined as any city, village, or incorporated township plus a zone extending one mile beyond the boundaries when there is a population of 1,000 or more). To burn safely, do not overload the burn barrel, so more oxygen can reach the fire. Note: State law does not override local prohibitions or limitations on open burning. Household Waste is defined as waste generated from single home, but does not include landscape waste, garbage (food waste, food or plastic packaging and diapers), trade waste (construction debris, roofing materials), used furniture, appliances or automobile parts.