UPDATE: Please be advised that the Village trustees discussed yard waste burning at their meeting last evening, and the trustees agreed for Mayor Adams to issue an executive order (forthcoming) to not allow yard waste burning this October and November due to the COVID pandemic. Yard waste pick up remains available through Rock River Disposal.
For clarification, no one at the Village of Rockton believes yard waste burning spreads the virus. However, with cold weather and winter coming soon and no ease on COVID restrictions on the horizon, residents do need to be able to enjoy the outdoors as long as possible (including residents with respiratory conditions).
The Village does have in place a burning ordinance, #2002-05, which allows residents to burn in April, October and November. If you choose to burn, you may only do so on days when the smoke will easily dissipate into the atmosphere, and the fire will not be spread by blowing winds.
All fires must be attended and only landscape waste such as trees, tree trimmings, branches, stumps, brush, weeds, leaves, grass, shrubbery and yard trimmings may be burned. Burning shall be allowed every day during the hours of 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM and fires must be 25 feet from the nearest building structure or combustible fencing. A fire extinguishing source must be immediately available and any fire must be monitored by an adult of at least 18 years of age.
PLEASE NOTE: The burning of non-landscape waste within the village limits of Rockton is prohibited.
Click on image to go to our online ordinance listing (pdf). You can also find a copy of the Winnebago County's burning ordinance for non-rockton residents.