The Dakota County Sheriff’s Office and the Environmental Resources Department are increasing education and enforcement of illegal trash burning. Burning garbage, including treated or painted wood, is against the law and can result in fines up to $1,000 and up to 90 days in jail.
Today’s garbage contains plastics, metals, dyes and chemicals that, when burned, release hazardous toxins that pollute our air, settle on our land and in our water, and are ingested by you, your family, pets and other animals.
By law, all residents must properly dispose of materials using a trash removal service and local drop-off sites for bulky items. Information about haulers and drop-off sites is available on the Green Guide. If you suspect illegal burning, call 911. Calls can remain anonymous.