Members of the Marvell City Council last Tuesday (April 18) passed an ordinance regulating the burning of yard waste and other materials within the city limits.

Members of the Marvell City Council last Tuesday (April 18) passed an ordinance regulating the burning of yard waste and other materials within the city limits.

The ordinance states that it is the policy of the state of Arkansas for cities to discourage the open burning of residential yard waste and to develop alternative methods for the disposal of yard waste and make it readily available to all citizens. To enforce the policy local governments were urged to first pursue educational and voluntary compliance efforts.

Under the ordinance fines assessed for local nuisances, fire and safety hazards, or refusal to cease open burning when alternative methods are available will be used as a last resort.

The city of Marvell has developed alternative methods of yard waste disposal, including a leaf vacuum operation readily available to all citizens. It was noted that the city continues to receive a high number of complaints regarding the burning of yard waste in the community.

Yard waste is described as grass clippings, leaves, wooden landscaping materials, brush tree limbs, pine needles and shrub and hedge clippings.

Prohibited acts include the opening burning of refuse, solid waste or conducting a salvage operation by open burning and the burning of leaves or other yard waste without obtaining a permit from the city. Emission of matter from open burning must follow the guidelines of the Arkansas Air Pollution Control Code.

Any person convicted of one or any of these violations is subject to a fine not to exceed $50 for each violation.