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Regional Burn Barrel Campaign

Project Information

Award Amount:$75,000.00
Dollars Leveraged:$28,000.00
Start-End Dates:10/1/99-12/31/01
Description:Summary: Western Lake Superior Sanitary District (WLSSD) conducted a burn barrel outreach campaign to educate the public about the hazards surrounding backyard burning and to reduce garbage burning in the region.

Environmental Results/Products: A committee consisting of 22 members from various governmental bodies from Wisconsin and Minnesota was formed to set forth objectives for the campaign. WLSSD staff developed and produced educational and outreach materials for the burn barrel campaign and distributed to 27 regional advertising agencies, including three fact sheets. Two posters were developed to provide further awareness about the hazards of burning; 500 copies of each of these posters were printed. The posters were displayed at eleven rural recycling facilities within the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District (WLSSD). An informational television segment was developed, which was aired on local television, to introduce the program’s mascot “Burnie the Burn Barrel” and explain the hazards of backyard burning. Other outreach activities included distributing 50 VHS copies of the TV spot, and articles were written and submitted to townships to publish in their newsletter in order to reach rural residents with the burn barrel message.

WLSSD attempted to make it easy for burners to dispose of their burn barrels by providing a coupon along with three burn-barrel fact sheets. The coupon was good for the free drop off of a burn barrel at the WLSSD Rice Lake Landfill.


Funding Organizations

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U.S. EPA Great Lakes National Program Office - Primary Contact

77 W Jackson Blvd
Chicago, Illinois 60604
There are no individuals in this organization
associated with this project.

Organizations Receiving Funding

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Western Lake Superior Sanitary District - Primary Contact

2626 Courtland Stree
Duluth, Minnesota 55806
p: 218-722-3336
Individual Contacts

Associated Organizations

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Minnesota Pollution Control Agency - Partner

520 Lafayette Road North
St. Paul, Minnesota 55155-4194
p: 651-296-6300

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