Backyard burning is a growing problem for the environment. One pound of waste burned domestically can release 40 times more toxins than an EPA-compliant municipal waste combustor. EPA-compliant municipal waste combustors burn at 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit and add oxygen to burn the waste completely. When not burned at these levels, hydrogen chloride and dioxins are released into the environment at unsafe levels. These toxins can enter the lungs and cause major health problems such as nausea and dizziness. Make sure to properly dispose of your waste to protect yourself and the environment.
Do not burn plastic! Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is released when you burn a plastic container. Smoke from the burning can cause fluid to build in your lungs. Recycle these plastic containers and avoid purchasing plastics numbered 3, 6 and 7.
What You Can Do to properly dispose of trash:
- Recycle plastics, glass and cans for normal trash pick up
- Donate old clothes, rugs and furniture to a charitable organization
- Recycle old electronics at E-Loop, Construction Junction or PA Resources Council
- Use a compost bin (see the Green Resources section of this website for more info)
- Support legislation that provides for processing and disposal of municipal waste, requires municipalities to implement recycling programs and requires the Commonwealth agencies to procure recycled materials