How to Report Someone Burning Trash in Your City

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Report Someone Burning Trash in Your City Now

Proper trash disposal is important and must be done at all times. When someone burns trash within the city limits, it creates a fire hazard. The smoke from burning trash can also make breathing hazards for people in sensitive groups. You should report trash burning right away with DoNotPay.

This article will explore how you can using DoNotPay. This will also cover three more key topics:

  1. Ways to report someone burning trash by yourself
  2. Why burning trash within city limits is so dangerous
  3. Other municipal issues DoNotPay can help you solve, like rats, graffiti, and broken streetlights

If someone is burning trash near your home or apartment, you need to act now.

How to Report Someone Burning Trash by Yourself

If the fire is smaller than a 55-gallon drum, start with a phone call to law enforcement. If the fire is larger -- like the size of a picnic table -- call 911.

Call Local Law Enforcement

If a neighbor is burning trash near your building or fence, your first call should be the local law enforcement. Call your city police department if this fire is dangerous. Depending on their workload at the moment, they might send someone within 20 minutes or so.

The problem is when law enforcement might be overburdened. If they're busy with another emergency, your trash-burning call will need to wait. But once you're connected with a dispatcher, request some important details.

Document the callWrite down the time of the call and the person you speak with. Ask for their badge number and correct spelling of their name.
Ask for an estimated time of arrivalAsk them to estimate how long you'll need to wait until an officer arrives. If it's going to be a long wait, call the fire department.

Call Your Fire Department

Again, you'll need to document your call and ask how long until they expect to send a truck over. Hopefully, they will respond quickly. If not, you'll need to visit the city hall tomorrow and talk to someone about the trash-burning problem.

Stay Safe

For example, if you live in drought-ridden California, fires can spread rapidly and burn tens of thousands of acres within a few days. Stay alert and stay safe when a neighbor is burning trash nearby.

Problems Caused by Burning Trash in the City

We think the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says it best: "Burning trash can cause long-term health problems."

Toxic Chemicals Associated with Burning Garbage

Toxic chemicals released during trash burning include:

  • Nitrogen oxides
  • Sulfur dioxide
  • Heavy metals
  • Volatile organic chemicals (VOCs)
  • Polycyclic organic matter (POMs)

When these nasty chemicals are released into the air, anyone can get sick. Burning trash can even lead to cancer, asthma, and other respiratory issues.

When someone is burning trash, they're a dangerous neighbor. They're putting your health, your pets' health, and your property at risk. Don't hesitate to use the DoNotPay to report it.

How to Report Someone Burning Trash Using DoNotPay

DoNotPay has you covered and easily in six easy steps:

1. Go to the City Repairs product on DoNotPay.

2. Choose one of the following options:

  1. Report a maintenance issue to the city
  2. Sue the city for compensation

3. Choose which problem you would like to report -- in this case, someone is burning trash -- and tell us more about when you first noticed the issue.

4. If you want to request compensation, tell us whether you:

  1. Suffered a personal injury
  2. Suffered from property damage

Then tell us more about the incident date, where it took place, and any expenses you have already paid. Include the names of witnesses if applicable.

5. Upload supporting documents and other evidence files.

6. Enter the amount you want to be compensated in damages and verify your e-signature.

And that's it. Let the world's first robot lawyer handle everything from there. With the DoNotPay, you know all the forms will be filed correctly. This is especially important down the road if you end up suing the city for health problems or damaged property.

You can also report someone burning trash without DoNotPay, but this will take more time and effort on your part, and you'll need to keep close track of any documents that prove damages.

What if Law Enforcement Doesn't Show Up?

Unfortunately, there are times when local police and fire trucks are too overwhelmed to make it to your location quickly. Let's imagine your neighbor is burning trash but puts the fire out before law enforcement arrives. You should still report it using DoNotPay. This way, you have a formal, legal record of the incident and you have proof if you need to sue the city later.

What Else Can DoNotPay Do?

Beyond reporting dangerous trash burning, use DoNotPay to report all kinds of city issues.

Remember, it's up to your city or town to handle these issues. Your complaints must be properly documented. And the DoNotPay will get you the results you need, fast!

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