A lot of dry leaves are collected in a school garden and are burnt every day. Do you think that it is right to do so? If not, what should be done to dispose off the dry leaves?

It is not right to burn dry leaves as it causes air pollution. The right way to dispose off the dry leaves is to convert them into compost. Leaf burning gives off major pollutants in the form of particulates, hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide. Leaf smoke may also contain hazardous chemicals such as carbon monoxide, which can bind with haemoglobin in the bloodstream and reduce the amount of oxygen in the blood and lungs.

  • The smoke released by leaf burning can also irritate your eyes, nose, and throat, and the carbon monoxide kicked up by burning leaves and remaining embers can, if you receive enough exposure, reduce the amount of oxygen in your blood and lungs.
  • This leads to coughing, wheezing, and other respiratory conditions that can sometimes persist.

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