“BURN PLASTICS- GOOD FOR HEALTH”- SAYS KERALA GOVERNMENT
This advertisement appeared in the back cover of the schools notebooks sold on at Kerala Secretariat Staff Co-operative Society No 2620(thanks to Thanal I came to see this). Advertisement is by a government agency – Kerala State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB). For those who don’t know Malayalam here is the translation of it.
Plastic bags are produced from polyethylene, polypropylene and polystyrene. Plastic Bottles (PET Bottles) are made from polyethylene teraphalate. Ingredients of these chemicals have only carbon, oxygen and hydrogen. Burning these chemicals produce carbon dioxide and water.
When plastics contains chlorine (like PVC) are burned unscientifically then only poisonous gases like dioxins are released.
Plastics dumped into the environment pollutes it
So reuse it. Or give it to someone who reuses it. If you can't even do that simply burn it.
KERALA STATE POLLUTION CONTROL BOARD
***** DON’T FORGET PLASTIC BAGS WHEN YOU GO TO SHOP****
“Ingredients of these chemicals have only carbon, oxygen and hydrogen”. There are hundred of organic compounds having just carbon, oxygen and hydrogen in it and highly poisonous. Take for example Benzene(C6H6). It has only carbon and hydrogen. Can the director of KSPCB please inhale this and prove the theory that any organic compound having oxygen, carbon and hydrogen is safe for human health?
Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy (CIELAP) in its study has found that “burning plastics at home or cottages cause release of cancer causing dioxins, furans, poly-aromatic hydrocarbons, benzene, heavy metals and other pollutants into air. These harmful products fall back to earth and contaminate plants, soil and water”.
US Environment Pollution Agency (US EPA) in 2002 reported that burning of plastics in backyard is the largest source of dioxin and furan emission in US.
Researchers also found that toxic compounds inhaled during burning of plastics may cause hormonal imbalance and sex behavioral orientation of new born according to a report published in Guardian.
The facts are clear as daylight that burning plastics of any kind is harmful to health. But why KSPCB came up with such an advertisement?
How can a government agency distort facts and publish an advertisement like this? Now I have a genuine doubt that KSPCB is for controlling pollution or spreading pollution. Or do they have any vested interest to promote. Western world has progressed a lot in banning lot of poisonous substances like DDT, asbestos etc and here we have a government agency promoting something which cause harm to human health.
NOBEL PRIZE FOR CHEMISTRY 2007 GOES TO Kerala State Pollution Control Board
They discovered and popularized a new theory, which will reduce Kerala population by at least half very fast. Don’t they deserve a Nobel Prize?