Health and Environmental Effects of Burning Waste Plastics & Rubber
Consumption of plastics has steadily increased over the years due their flexibility, affordability and durability as compared to other materials with similar use.
Being readily combustible, these plastics when burned under open and uncontrolled fire conditions at low temperatures generate black plumes of smoke and toxic volatilization products, which become incorporated into the ambient environment, resulting in human and environmental exposure. In addition, a lot of greenhouse gasses such as methane and carbon oxides and particulate matter are emitted into the atmosphere. When garbage or refuse is burned under open-fire low-temperature conditions, the waste plastics that they contain contribute to smoke generation and infuse toxic decomposition products of plastics into the smoke which can potentially cause significant health and environmental concerns.