TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - The Pima County Department of Environmental Quaility is reminding residents that burning household garbage is prohibited in the county, after receiving complaints from community members regarding the burning of trash by neighbors.
Studies by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have shown that smoke created from the burning of household trash releases particulate matter into the air containing toxic and harmful chemicals that can cause harmful health effects to those exposed.
And chemicals found in burning trash can remain in the air, and the environment, for long periods of time.
According to the county, the effects of these chemicals can be especially harmful to those recovering from COVID-19, individuals with heart and lung conditions and people with respiratory illnesses.
Additionally, illegal trash burning at night can trap smoke and fumes closer to the ground, due to cooler conditions, and further increases the risks of inhaling toxins.
Pima County regulations prohibit the burning of household trash unless a permit has been obtained from the appropriate Fire District or PDEQ, and depending on the circumstances of the case.