Freeholder Dawn Fantasia to lead on illegal dumping

At the last meeting of the Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Freeholder Director Herb Yardley successfully passed a reform that assigns each Freeholder with a group of municipalities that he or she will be responsible for maintaining communications with and coordinating efforts on behalf of the taxpayers.  This new “Freeholder liaison” reform is designed to provide early warning alerts to the Freeholder Board on issues like the illegal dumping that has gone on in Vernon.  

The new Freeholder liaison for Vernon Township is Freeholder Dawn Fantasia, a Sussex County native, mother of three, and school principal.  Freeholder Fantasia has been gathering information together from many sources on illegal dumping in the county – both historically and current.  If anyone wishes to forward her information (it can be on background, not for attribution) on any activities that might be illegal or unsafe, they should email her at…

And there is more good news on the fight to end illegal dumping in Sussex County. The New Jersey Heraldreported yesterday that a citizens’ coalition formed to fight illegal dumping in Vernon is expanding its efforts to the rest of the county.  To that end, the group – PAID or People Against Illegal Dumping – is holding a countywide symposium next month to discuss the menace of illegal dumping in Sussex County.  Here are the details, so mark your calendar…

People Against Illegal Dumping (PAID)

Countywide Symposium 

The Appalachian Hotel at Mountain Creek

(in the Barrett Farm Room)

200 Route 94

Thursday, May 16th

7 to 9pm 

PAID Chairman Martin O’Donnell told the Herald that his group is focusing on passage of state legislation, co-sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho, aimed a cracking down on “dirt brokers” involved in trafficking solid waste under the guise of “recycling”.  In addition to Senator Oroho, Assemblymen Parker Space and Hal Wirths are working to pass this legislation.  On the federal level, Congressman Josh Gottheimer has been active as well.

To volunteer or obtain more information, visit the People Against Illegal Dumping (PAID) website at