Articles | Volume 20, issue 24
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 16135–16144, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-20-16135-2020
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 16135–16144, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-20-16135-2020

Research article 23 Dec 2020

Research article | 23 Dec 2020

Emission factors for PM10 and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) from illegal burning of different types of municipal waste in households

András Hoffer et al.

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Emission factors for PM10 and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are reported for the first time ever for the indoor combustion of 12 common types of municipal solid waste that are frequently burned in households worldwide. We have found that waste burning emits up to 40 times more PM10 and 800 times more PAHs than the combustion of dry firewood. Our finding highlights the need for coordinated actions against illegal waste combustion and the extreme health hazard associated with it.
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