It really depends on the type of plastic. According to plasticisrubbish.wordpress.com, it’s relatively safe to burn polythene plastic, since it’s structure is similar to oil. Halogenated plastics pose more of a problem. According to Wikipedia, here is the laundry list of chemicals they carry:
Halogenated plastics Chlorine based plastics: Chlorinated polyethylene (CPE) Chlorinated polyvinyl chloride (CPVC) Chlorosulfonated polyethylene (CSPE) Polychloroprene (CR or chloroprene rubber, marketed under the brand name of Neoprene) PVC Fluorine based plastics: Fluorinated ethylene propylene (FEP)
Also, dioxins are released when burning plastics containing chlorine. Dioxins are potent carcinogens. I’d recommend abstaining from burning plastics.
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