Regular garbage pick up and recycling programs have reduced the need to dispose of waste products by burning. In addition burning can create particulate matter; pollutants are created that effect respiratory systems.
Title 35,Subtitle B of the Illinois Administrative Code prohibits the burning of everything but Agriculture waste and landscape waste throughout Illinois.
Discarded matter, except garbage and dead animals, generated on a farm or ranch by crops, livestock production or crop residues may be burned without an EPA permit.
Any discarded vegetable or plant matter, except garbage and agricultural waste, including trees, tree trimmings, branches, stumps, brush, weeds, leaves, grass, shrubbery and yard trimmings may be burned without an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) permit. May be further restricted by City or County Codes.