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Illegal Burning and Dumping

Burning and dumping trash is 在佛蒙特州非法. You can find more information on reporting illegal burning outside Addison County on the Vermont Department of Enviromental Conservation's Website

Complaints of violations may be made anonymously. There are several ways to report illegal dumping or burning of trash:

  • Fill out the electronic form below
  • 打印并提交一份 投诉表格 (PDF) to ACSWMD or the Addison County Sheriff's Department
  • Call the Addison County Sheriff's Department at 388-2981 (Middlebury residents should call the Middlebury Police Department at 388-3191)
  • Call the ACSWMD Office at 388-2333

In a health or fire emergency, call 911.

Solid 浪费 Violation Complaint Form

Complaints may be made anonymously. If you wish to remain anonymous, you do not need to include your name or contact information.


接下来会发生什么?

A sheriff's deputy will investigate the complaint and report back to you if you include your contact information in your complaint.

The first visit by the deputy usually results in a warning. The deputy will educate the offender about the law, and work with him or her to clean up a dump site, or to arrange for other ways of disposing of trash. If the offender refuses to cooperate, or repeats the activity, further action will be taken, 包括罚款. Illegal dumping and burning are punishable by monetary fines up to $500, as well as community roadside cleanup. Each day that a violation continues is considered a separate offense. More serious or chronic violations are reported to the State Agency of Natural Resources for enforcement. 

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Burning household trash is illegal, whether you do it in a barrel or in your woodstove. Burning trash causes pollution. The fire in a burn barrel or pile is not hot enough to destroy toxic substances released by burning materials. 此外, there are no safeguards to capture toxins in the smoke, released in concentrated form at ground level where they are easily inhaled. Smoke from burn barrels affects the health of some people immediately, 引起眼睛刺激, 哮喘, or restricted breathing. Children are most at risk, since they breathe more quickly than adults and absorb up to six times as much contamination by breathing the same air. Chronic diseases like emphysema can develop over time with low exposure to air contaminants.

No type of combustion is entirely safe. Even burning “clean” materials such as untreated wood and yard waste can cause air pollution or create a nuisance. Most trash and demolition debris contains many different chemical components. Chemicals used in the manufacture of materials are either released in the combustion process or combine with other chemicals to create toxic agents. Learn more about illegal burning from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation.

If you are planning to burn clean, natural wood, brush or leaves,你应该 contact your local fire warden first to see if there are any current restrictions on burning in your area, and to see if you require a burn permit. 

Dumping and littering threatens watersheds, drinking water, and wildlife. Heavy metals and other noxious substances in trash contaminate the ecosystem, and harm animals that consume or get caught in these materials. Please help protect the environment, our drinking water, and our health by properly disposing of waste!