Hilton Head council should pass burning ban

info@islandpacket.comJune 17, 2013 

An ordinance to ban open burning on Hilton Head Island has been sent to Town Council.

If any council members live near enough to the persistent smell of open burning, they would understand why we islanders support this ban.

I understand this practice was the norm for many folks years ago, before taxpayers paid for the solid waste and recycling center off Dillon Road.

Living close enough to Marshland Road, the smell of burning trash is a year-round, daily problem. Enjoying my back porch, the community swimming pool or biking is not an option at times due to the smoke. It's not a healthy situation, especially for those who have heart problems, asthma or lung disease.

Many dispose of their trash and household garbage by burning it in their yards instead of taking it to the waste center. Do we know what is being burned? Could it be hazardous waste? Winds or unsupervised burns could easily turn into a tragedy. Does anyone on the Town Council burn their trash in the backyard? Why should anyone else?

Unfortunately, sometimes people have to be forced to do the right thing. Common sense does not prevail.

Monika Wood

Hilton Head Island

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