Historically garden cuttings were burned in large garden fires. This tradition is still tolerated, even that people live now very densely and the smoke causes environmental damage, health risk and is a nuisance of neighbors.
In other countries this habit is forbidden since many years. Here, the government does not do much about it; only in the hot summer months, it is forbidden because of risking wild fires. The exact dates vary between community to community. The gardening waste can be brought to the local recycling centers (déchetterie) for free. In some communities the yard waste is collected.
A very good tool to reduce your garden waste, not annoying your neighbors with noise is a strong, but slow turning (hence silent) Woodchipper (Broyeur silencieux) from Bosch:
Here is a good info for the case of wild fire in french: Le risque feu de forêt.
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