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Grants To Prevent Trash Burning

Organization(s) Vermont Dept. of Environmental Conservation
Project Description According to the preliminary results of EPA's Dioxin Reassessment, backyard burning of residential waste is a potentially significant uncontrolled source of dioxin emissions. In an effort to curb backyard burning of trash in Vermont, the VT DEC has initiated a small grant program for the prevention of illegal burning of trash. This is the second year of grants that have been awarded to municipal solid waste districts, towns, and environmental groups that focus on citizen and youth education, and the development and enforcement of local ordinances that prohibit backyard burning. A total of $38,000 has been awarded in 2003 to fund the projects listed below. Through the grant program, several excellent educational materials have been developed for use by others, and there are success stories have been told, that can be applied elsewhere. Among the grant recipients are the following:

-Rutland Solid Waste District - funding to enact and enforce a district-wide ordinance for illegal burning and to conduct an educational program

-Vermont League of Cities and Towns - funding to survey all towns in Vermont, develop a pamphlet on implementing and enforcing a backyard burning ordinance, develop a model ordinance, and train local officials

-Association of Vermont Recyclers -provide student education programs, including theater shows and workshops in schools across the states

-Lamoille Solid Waste District - citizen education program through mailings and local newspapers.

More Info www.anr.state.vt.us/../reflect/trashburningandairpollution.htm
Project Contact
Name Andrea Cohen
Phone (802) 241-2368
Project Keywords
Areas of P2 Expertise Curriculum Development
Activity Keywords Funding and grants
Newsletter Northeast States Pollution Prevention News - Vol. 13 No. 2, Summer 2003 [PDF]


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