COMPLAINTS MAY BE MADE ANONYMOUSLY
We only investigate complaints when we can speak to an individual, organization, or agency. (This is so we can get as much information about the illegal burning and/or dumping event.) Online reports will need a contact telephone number attached to the report! If you don't have a phone give us method to reach you.
YOUR COMPLAINT WILL REMAIN ANONYMOUS IF YOU WISH!
You can contact us online as well just Click Here! (Leave a contact phone number)
A sheriffs deputy will investigate the complaint, and report back to you if you leave your name or want us to. The first visit by the deputy may result in a warning. The deputy will issue a Vermont Civil Violation Complaint (VCVC) for a violation of Title 24 Vermont Statutes Annotated 2201 with a fine ranging from $0.00 to $500.00(This is at the discretion of the investigating deputy).
"Our goal is to stop the action and get the trash disposed of in the appropriate manner by the responsible partie(s)!". - We will work with the offender(s) in reducing the fine and/or dismissing the violation in most cases.
WE WILL BE ASKING FOR PROOF OF PROPER DISPOSAL - This can be attained by bring the illegally deposited materials to a transfer station. (PLEASE HAVE THEM MARK THE RECEIPT WITH - "ACSD (Along with the investigating deputies name)" on the receipt.
We will in all attempts to try to educate the offender about the law, and work with him or her to clean up a dump site, or arrange for other ways of disposing of trash will be made, but if the offender refuses to cooperate, or repeats the activity, further action will be taken, including fines and could result in possible criminal actions.
Each day that a violation continues is considered a separate offense. Waiver fees apply in instances where violations are paid without being contested in court. More serious or chronic violations are reported to the State Agency of Natural Resources for enforcement.
Burning trash causes pollution. The fire in a burn barrel or pile is not hot enough to destroy toxic substances released by burning materials. Furthermore, 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, causing eye irritation, asthma, 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.
If you are planning to burn clean, natural brush or leaves, you should 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. Click here for contact information for the local fire wardens in Addison County.