Sharon council will be updating the city’s burning ordinance – at the state’s insistence – so the city can continue to receive its share of grant money based on how much metal, glass and plastic residents recycle.
The state Department of Environmental Protection noticed in an audit that Sharon’s ordinance allowing the burning of household accumulations of paper and cardboard does not specifically prohibit the burning of recyclable materials, such as plastic.
“I don’t think anyone is burning things like that anyway,” City Manager Scott Andrejchak told council Thursday, “but DEP has been holding up our share of the grant until we rewrite the ordinance.”
The amendment will have to spell out clearly what can and can’t be burned, he said.
The recycling grant amounts to about $3,000 a year to the city’s general fund, he said.
Sharon residents can burn “household accumulation,” which is mostly papers and cardboard, fire Chief Terry Whalen said, noting yard waste and “noxious” materials like garbage that would create foul odors can’t be burned.
The ordinance permits residents to burn household papers between 6 and 8 a.m. Monday through Saturday. Sunday burning is prohibited.