Dangers of Burning PlasticIn Prince Edward Island, provincial legislation prohibits opening burning of materials containing rubber or plastic.
Why is burning plastic against the law?Open burning of plastic waste can be dangerous to your health and the health of the natural environment. Old barrels or wood stoves do not reach high enough temperatures to destroy many of the dangerous chemicals created when plastic burns. Barrels and wood stoves only tend to smoulder and smoke, releasing plumes of toxic fallout into your backyard and the surrounding community. In addition, this leaves you with potentially hazardous ash, which is not appropriate to spread on the soil.
What is the danger in burning plastic?Plastics such as PVC contain carbon monoxide, dioxins and furans which are released into the air when burned. Studies have linked dioxins and furans to cancer and respiratory disease.
What's the difference between burning at home or at an incinerator?Municipal solid waste incinerators such as the double chambered incinerators at the Energy from Waste Plant can reach a temperature of 1800 degrees fahrenheit (982 C), providing plenty of oxygen to complete the burning process.
Common PlasticsPlastic such as PVC (polyvinylchloride) is common in such things as vinyl siding, bottles and jugs, vinyl tubing, drainpipes, blister paks, etc.
Other sources include plastic agricultural silage wrap, wire insulated with plastic, and plastic containers, which should never be burned in the open air. Recycling options are available for many of these products.
Acts and Regulations
- PEI Environmental Protection Act Air Quality Regulations [Section 8.1(i)]