Harmful Effects of Burning Waste

Harmful Effects of Burning Waste

If you’re tempted to burn your waste, it’s a much better idea to look into skip bin prices on the Gold Coast. That’s because burning your rubbish has some pretty worrisome effects that you probably want to avoid, both for yourself and your community.

Here at Go Bins, we offer several sizes of skips for hire and can help you properly dispose of all of your waste the right way. Here’s why burning that rubbish is such a bad idea.

 

Poisonous Chemicals

When waste is burned, it can produce some dangerous chemicals that are harmful to your health. The worst one is dioxins, which are considered one of the most poisonous chemicals in the world. Dioxins remain in the environment for a long time and don’t decompose easily. In large quantities, dioxins can lead to cellular changes in the body that can cause health problems. That includes cancer, immune system issues and disruptions to the proper functioning of the hormone system.

 

Particulate Matter

Anytime waste is set on fire, very small particulates are released into the air. Any particles that are smaller than 10 micrometres can be inhaled into the lungs. As you can imagine, this can lead to health problems like asthma and other respiratory issues. If you already have breathing problems, breathing these particles can exacerbate your symptoms. These particles have also been linked to other problems like heart strokes and heart palpitations.

 

Volatile Organic Compounds

Also called VOCs, volatile organic compounds gather in high concentrations in areas where waste is burned. When burned in large amounts, this garbage can create a smog in the area which is not good for humans. It can lead to breathing and heart diseases and can cause damage to the kidneys, liver, lungs, and central nervous system.

 

Other Damaging Chemicals

There are a variety of other chemicals produced when waste is burned. Carbon monoxide is a deadly gas that can harm the central nervous system and lead to death. Chlorobenzene can lead to cancer, damage to the liver and kidneys and genetic mutations after prolonged exposure. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs, come from burning wood, tar and coal and can cause cancer, genetic mutations and birth defects. Prolonged exposure increases the risk that these chemicals will cause health problems so the best way to prevent issues is to avoid burning waste as much as possible.

If you have a large amount of waste, call us for prices of skip bin hire rather than burning it. 

Call Go Bins Gold Coast today for a free quote on the skip bin you need. 

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