The accumulation of garbage is a serious problem that some try to solve by creating additional problems, of great impact for the environment, such as burning garbage.
Waste management can be overwhelming. On a daily basis, households in the United States
they create an average of 4.4 pounds of trash, according to the North Carolina Division of Air Quality. And although this practice of burning garbage is illegal in North Carolina, it is still considered a traditional way of get rid of garbage. However, is it a good practice for the environment? What other effects can it have?
Why should we avoid burning garbage?
Burning garbage has been prohibited since 1971 under the rule North Carolina open burning. So the first bad news is that you would be breaking one of the oldest quality regulations of the state air.
Whats the burning field opened? It is any type of burning in which the smoke is released directly into the air, without passing through through a chimney.
This means that you cannot set fire to a barrel full of rubbish to dispose of your waste. Now, it is possible to burn plant materials such as leaves, branches, although under certain conditions.
A good way to summarize those terms is: “If it doesn’t grow, don’t burn it!” That way you can get an idea of what can and cannot be burned. Laws state that plant material can be legally burned only in areas where there is no collection for these materials. But there are other restrictions. So you better make sure you are well informed.
Smoke, a problem for your health and the environment
The problem with burning garbage is that it generates smoke that affects health through inhalation, for example:
- lung irritation and ocular,
- attacks of asthma,
- heart attacks
- and even death.
Exposure to smoke produced by burning litter could have long-term consequences, since some of the toxic chemicals are known human carcinogens or produce other health effects.
The trash of the house contains plastics, chemically treated waste and other synthetic materials
that, when burned, emit chemicals air toxic. This produces more air pollution that does not make our environment healthier.
In turn, the ecosystem suffers with the irremediable contamination of the water and also the plants. In short, it is a way to burn the quality of life.
So what to do with the garbage?
Ideally, you should have a proper collection plan in place where you consider renting a dumpster so that the trash gets to the right places. Consult with the specialists, at Concept Dumpster we can help you solve your problem.