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learn before you burn

Alert Tennesseans know burning trash outdoors is:

  • harmful to the air we breathe
  • unhealthy for our neighbors - near and far
  • unsafe
  • often unnecessary


what not to burn in tennessee

  • Tires and other rubber products
  • Paints, household and agricultural chemicals
  • Vinyl siding and vinyl shingles
  • Aerosol cans and food cans
  • Plastics and other synthetic materials
  • Building material and construction debris
  • Paper products, cardboard and newspaper
  • Buildings and mobile homes
  • Asphalt shingles, and other asphalt roofing materials and demolition debris
  • Asbestos-containing materials
  • Copper wire and electrical wires
  • Household trash
  • Leaves, branches and trees not grown on site


It may be okay to burn leaves, branches, tree limbs, twigs, lawn clippings, woody vegetation, yard trimmings, clean unpainted, uncoated wood or untreated lumber.  Check with your local and/or other state ordinances.  Improper outdoor burning can lead to fines up to $25,000.

this is the Law in tennessee

Alert Tennesseans know there are other options instead of outdoor burning:
  • Recycling
  • Composting


Help reduce air pollution in Tennessee

by avoiding outdoor burning.

Got questions about outdoor burning>

Call TDEC at




TN SealThis information is provided and copyrighted by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.  (c) 2006