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Do Everyone A Favor

Since this is the time of fall clean up, many area residents turn to their burn barrels to get rid of their garbage. Burning plastics is one of the most dangerous things humans can do to themselves, their family and friends. The burning of plastic is a major source of dioxin pollution, posing a serious health threat, especially to our children.

Dioxins accumulate in the fatty tissues of our bodies and are extremely difficult to biodegrade. It takes about 12 years for the dioxin particles to biodegrade and so, have a tendency to build up in our bodies. Virtually all life forms are contaminated by dioxins, simply by breathing and by eating. We breathe the airborne dioxins as they burn and are carried into the atmosphere and we eat the plant and animal life that ingest the dioxins.

Dioxins cause cell and tissue damage including, but not limited to, abnormal fetal development, impaired fertility, and cancers. Dioxins are one of the most toxic, cancer-causing groups of chemicals known to man.

Many plastics can and should be recycled. Those that can't be, should be put in the trash to disposed of safely. Do yourself and your family a favor by not burning plastics in your burn barrel, barbecue, wood stove, or campfire.


Joann Morsch, Sec.

Wayne/Susquehanna R.E.S.C.U.E.

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