Burning and burying of garbage causes pollution and poses health
threats. This is why it is illegal for Dakota County residents,
including farmers, to burn or bury solid wastes—such as paper,
plastic, cardboard, aerosols and other garbage. Residents must
contract with a waste hauler or take their
garbage to a
local disposal facility.
For most Minnesotans, it is against the law to burn or bury
household wastes — it's been illegal since the 1980s. Farmers in
some areas are still allowed to burn some household wastes, due
to the limited availability of collection or drop-off services
for waste and recyclables.
Minn. Stat. 88.171: Open Burning Prohibitions
~ addresses prohibited materials that cannot be burned,
including industrial waste, garbage, and hazardous wastes.
No person shall conduct, cause, or permit
open burning of rubber, plastics, chemically treated materials,
or other materials which produce excessive or noxious smoke
including, but not limited to, tires, railroad ties, chemically
treated lumber, composite shingles, tar paper, insulation,
composition board, sheetrock, wiring, paint, or paint filters.