Burn ban goes into effect for metro Atlanta

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The Georgia Environmental Protection Division will begin its annual Open Burning Ban in 45 counties in and around the metro Atlanta area. The ban is in effect for the ozone season, which runs May 1 through Sept. 30.

“During summer months, ozone in the air we breathe can reach unhealthy levels,” said Ron Methier, chief of the division’s air protection branch.

Open burning, including, burning of leaves, tree limbs, or other yard wastes, is a significant contributor to the pollutants that form ozone.

For more information about alternatives to burning, such as composting and chipping, you can call the Department of Community Affairs at 404-679-4940 or the Pollution Prevention Assistance Division toll-free at 800-685-2443.