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Otter Tail County Burning Regulations

burning of solid waste (garbage) is illegal in Minnesota

The Otter Tail County Solid Waste Ordinance (Click to download) prohibits the burning of all solid waste, including paper and cardboard. This also applies to burning waste in recreational campfires, fireplaces and wood stoves. In accordance with Minnesota State Statute (off site link) as long as garbage service is available to residents, including farmers; it is illegal to dispose of household or farm waste by burning or on-site burial of garbage.

In Otter Tail County, garbage service is available by contracting with a solid waste hauler or by delivering waste to a solid waste transfer site or landfill. Burning of household waste is a misdemeanor and is punishable by a fine of up to $1,000.00 and/or 90 days in jail. To make a formal complaint about someone burning illegally, call the Otter Tail County Solid Waste Department ((218) 998-4898), your name will be kept confidential because of the Minnesota Data Privacy Act. Information about Open Burning and an explanation of Minnesota Statutes and the Otter Tail County Solid Waste Ordinance will be sent to the resident who is burning waste. Someone from the Solid Waste Department may also visit the resident who is burning. If the person continues to burn their waste, a complaint will be filed with the Otter Tail County Attorney's Office.

Minnesota Burning Regulations
Since 1969, burning of solid waste (garbage) is illegal in Minnesota. Minnesota Statute, Chapter 88.171 (http://www.revisor.leg.state.mn.us/stats/88) prohibits the burning of most types of debris and household wastes. The exceptions are brush/other vegetative materials and some untreated/unpainted wood. 

 
 

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