University of Wisconsin Extension Center for Environment and Energy has an informative publication on burn barrels. From the number of barrels still in use throughout the county, it’s time again to revisit the effect illegal burning has on human health and the environment.
One paragraph from the publication is especially important for those who use a burn barrel to read: “Health risks from burning trash include emphysema, asthma, birth defects and cancer. These risks are highest for people closest to the fire – the people who burn trash and their families. And, once these chemicals find their way into our fields and streams, they can also find their way into our food supply.”
To save a few dollars in garbage pickup, “burners” seem willing to pay a higher price by risking their own health and the health of their children.
The entire publication is provided at this link: www4.uwm.edu//shwec/publications/cabinet/pdf/burnbarrelprint.pdf