^^^ yes people still burn garbage. Here on Gabe, it is quite obvious that 2 of our neighbours burn garbage and wet wood in their fireplaces and then dampen down. The stench makes for going outside almost impossible. When there is little wind the acrid smoke just hangs in the trees.
One of our other neighbours has good burning habits, hot fire with seasoned wood, zero smoke, zero smell.
I have had several neighbours over the years who basically "roll coal" out of their damn fireplaces. It's horrible.