Don't burn plastic bags! They are very toxic. When my neighbor burns her leaves, she burns them plastic bags and all. I wondered what chemicals were coming from burning the plastic bags, so I looked it up. I found that burning polyethylene emits fumes that include compounds such as methane, ethane, aldehydes, ketones and acrolein, plus additional compounds. I also found that burning Styrofoam containers emits styrene, benzene, benzaldehyde, formaldehyde, plus various poly-aromatic hydrocarbons.
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