5 Reasons Burning Your Trash Is A Big Mistake


Landfills look bad. Landfills smell. Landfills are just…gross.

What’s worse, they’re pretty bad for us– and the environment, too. Landfills are leading to things far worse than an ugly environmental appearance.

Obviously, when it comes to landfills, nobody’s a fan– but is it better than the alternative? According to research published in Environmental Science & Technology, burning your trash is a much worse option.

This study serves as the initial step to place certain boundaries on the sheer vastness of this problem, offered Christine Wiedinmyer, PhD, who serves as an atmospheric chemist with the National Center for Atmospheric Research. “The next step is to look at what happens when these pollutants are emitted into the atmosphere—where are they being transported and which populations are being most affected.”

Until then, check out 5 reasons you need to step back from the flames below:

#1: Burning all your trash means you’re merely contributing to the global problem of unregulated waste disposal. According to Wiedinmyer and her group of researchers, a whopping 1.1 billion tons, aka 41 percent, of global garbage is burned each year.

#2: Almost one-third of tiny particle pollution stems from trash fires. Particulate pollution has potential to wreck your heart health, your brain function, and can even cause cancer.

#3: A sizable 10 percent of mercury originates from garbage fires.

#4: 40 percent of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) arise from trash fires alone; these chemicals have been found in connection with cancer for both you and your kid, not to mention weight gain and behavioral issues in young children.

#5: Such scary pollutants aren’t regulated or monitored (different from landfill pollution, which is easier to keep track of). Air pollution around the Earth continues to be greatly underestimated since nobody tracks open-fire trash burning, Wiedinmyer admits. Unfortunately, because we can’t properly track it, that means we can’t solve it, either.

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