Nearly half of Indonesia’s plastic waste generated is open burned.

Intentional burning of household waste is part of routine household chores Intentional burning happens in landfills to create space. Spontaneous burning in landfills occurs due to ignition by methane from decomposing organic waste.

Black carbon from open burning contributes to: 5%-10% of total man-made GHG emissions. 2,000 times more powerful than CO₂ as a GHG. Has shorter half-life than methane

Open waste burning & public health

Harmful pollutants from open-air burning include: fine particulates; black carbon (soot) particles; polychlorinated dibenzo dioxins (PCDDs) and polychlorinated dibenzo furans (PCDFs); and polyaromatic hydrocarbons, including known carcinogens such as benzo(a)pyrene. Young children and older adults, especially those with existing respiratory conditions (e.g., asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease etc.) are most susceptible to the immediate negative health effects from open-air burning. Exposure to poly-aromatic hydrocarbons, dioxins and furans are linked to problems with cancer, the liver, the immune system, endocrine system, the reproductive system, and the developing systems of the young.

We integrate awareness about open burning in our community-based waste management program.

• Plastic Literacy • Waste Management Education • Human Health Protection • Climate Change Mitigation

Discussion forum

Join us at 🔥 Forum IWP Mengenai Pembakaran Sampah Terbuka 🔥
🔥IWP Forum on Open Waste Burning 🔥

Awareness posters

SDGs addressed

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