Norman Baker MP is right when he says some items in the waste stream release toxins or carcinogens when incinerated, which could poison people downwind or give them cancer (Argus, October 13). Many countries keep torch batteries, for example, separated from general incineration material.

The debate should focus on these few hazardous items and consider whether or not it is practical to separate them. If not, should they be allowed at all? Every product should be safe from its manufacture to its ultimate disposal. If not, it should be phased out.

-J. Kapp, Hove Park Road, Hove