The chemicals created and released by trash burning
have been scientifically shown to increase your risk of many
health problems, like heart disease, asthma, emphysema, headaches
and even cancer.
proven that kids absorb up to six times more pollution through
their lungs than adults breathing the same air. Not only that,
but they are more at risk than adults because their immune systems
aren't yet fully developed.
State and municipal officials
may now issue penalties to individuals who continue to burn trash.
Violators are subject to fines of up to $500 as well as performing
community roadside cleanup. If violators fail to pay their
fine, their driving license will be suspended for a period
of ten days and they will lose their hunting and/or fishing
license privileges for a period of one year.
- DON'T BURN TRASH
- REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE
the amount of waste you create by buying products with less
packaging and buying items that last longer instead of disposable
ones. REUSE the durable packaging you get (like wash out
that sour cream container and use it to put leftovers in).
RECYCLE all the materials you can, like cardboard, newspapers,
cans and bottles.
- TAKE YOUR TRASH TO THE TRANSFER STATION
Instead of burning your trash, take it to your local transfer
station. It only takes a few minutes to jump in your car
or truck and haul it there, and it's much better for you
and everyone around you.
- SPREAD THE WORD!
You can really
help make a difference by letting your friends and neighbors
know about the dangers of burning trash and the safe alternatives.
For more information:
A Smokestack in Every Neighborhood (Only Worse)/ Some
Facts on Burning Trash (*PDF)
There is No Such Place As A Faraway Place to Burn/ The Problem
Burning Your Trash Makes it Disappear... Until it Turns Up in
Your Lungs (*PDF)
Before You Light That Match: Think of The Children (*PDF)
Air Pollution Has No Boundaries/Burning Trash Containing Modern
We Can't Blame Air Pollution on Others Any More/Heath Effects
of Burning Specific Materials (*PDF)
Vermont's Technical Forum
Windham Solid Waste District pamphlet (*PDF)