Dangers and bad effects of burning plastics and rubber on humans and global warming
Open burning of plastic or rubber wastes can be dangerous to your health and the environment , The old barrels or the wood stoves do not reach high enough temperatures to destroy many of the dangerous chemicals created when the plastic burns , These include dioxins and furans .
Dangers of burning plastics
The studies have linked dioxins and furans to the cancer and the respiratory diseases , Plastic such as PVC ( polyvinylchloride ) is common in such things as the bottles and the jugs , the plastic packaging and the blister packs , When these are burnt in the house , carbon monoxide , dioxins and furans are released into your air .
Carbon monoxide is a pretty well known poison , dioxins and furans are not , the ash produced from burning material that contains plastic and rubber could be hazardous , This cannot be spread on the soil or dumped in your waste bin .
Burning these plastics can release dioxins , Dioxins are unintentionally but unavoidably produced during the manufacture of materials containing chlorine , including PVC and other chlorinated plastic feed-stocks , Dioxin is a known human carcinogen and the most potent synthetic carcinogen ever tested in the laboratory animals .
Dioxin is a toxic organic chemical that contains chlorine and it is produced when chlorine and hydrocarbons are heated at high temperatures , To inhale dioxin or to be exposed to its fumes can cause many deadly results .
Dioxins are the most toxic to the human organisms , They are a hormone disruptor and persistent , and they accumulate in our body and thus the mothers give it directly to their babies via the placenta , Dioxins also settle on the crops and in our waterways where they wind up in our food , They accumulate in our bodies and they are passed on to our children .
carbon dioxide is the major gas emitted by the trash burning , Those emissions are dwarfed by others sources on the global scale such as the cars and the power plants , amounting to just 5 percent of total global carbon dioxide emissions .
carbon dioxide that comes from the trash burning can be a significant source in some countries and regions , and it is one not reflected in the official greenhouse gas inventories for those places .
29 percent of global anthropogenic emissions of small particulate matter ( tiny solid particles and liquid droplets from the dust to the metals that can penetrate deep into the lungs ) come from the trash fires .
About 10 percent of mercury emissions come from open burning , as well as 40 percent of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons ( PAHs ) , Such pollution can cause the lung and the neurological diseases , and they have been linked to the heart attacks and some cancers .
Burning trash isn’t just bad for the human health , It could pump more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere , Smoldering garbage turns out to be a significant source of the greenhouse gases causing the climate change .
Burning of plastic , rubber or painted materials creates the poisonous fumes and they can have damaging health effects for the people who have the asthmatic or the heart conditions .
Plastic burning can increase the risk of the heart diseases , the respiratory diseases such as the asthma and the emphysema , and It causes the rashes , the nausea , or the headaches , It damages in the nervous system , the kidney or the liver , in the reproductive and development system .
Burning of polystyrene polymers such as the foam cups , the meat trays , the egg containers , the yogurt and the deli containers releases styrene , Styrene gas can readily be absorbed through the skin and the lungs , At high levels styrene vapor can damage the eyes and the mucous membranes .
Long term exposure to styrene can affect the central nervous system , causing the headaches , the fatigue , the weakness , and the depression , Not only these people who are burning the trash are exposed to these pollutants but also their neighbours , children and families .
The pollutants released from burning plastic waste in a burn barrel are transported through the air either short or long distances and they are then deposited onto the land or into the water .
Bioaccumulation of pollutants usually occurs indirectly through the contaminated water and the food rather than breathing the contaminated air directly , In wildlife , the range of effects associated with these pollutants includes the cancer , deformed offspring , the reproductive failure , the immune diseases and the subtle neurobehavioral effects .
The humans can be exposed indirectly just like the wildlife especially through the consumption of contaminated fish , meat and diary products , The toxic components inhaled through the smoke from burning plastic materials may cause the hormonal imbalance and sex behavioral orientation of your newborn baby .
The oil fired or the wood stoves do not reach high enough temperatures to destroy many of the dangerous chemicals created when the plastic burns , The municipal solid waste incinerators such as the double chambered incinerators at the Energy from Waste Plant can reach a temperature of 1800 degrees Fahrenheit ( 982 C ) , providing plenty of oxygen to complete the burning process .
The oiled fired and the wood stoves only tend to smoulder and smoke , releasing plumes of toxic fallout into your backyard and the surrounding community , The ash is also potentially hazardous and not appropriate to spread on the soil .