Join International Waste Platform’s global movement to raise awareness, educate and advocate for environmental regulations to prohibit open burning as a waste management practice.
🔥 Posters are available in Burmese, English, Filipino, Greek, Hindi, Indonesian, Malay, Portuguese, Swahili, Tetum and Turkish – see further down 👇
Open trash burning can be intentional or spontaneous.
• Intentional trash burning is often the only household or community level waste management method available in poorly regulated or developing countries and the human health impacts are still not well understood.
• Intentional burning can also be an intentional practice at landfills or illegal dump sites, to create space.
• Spontaneous burning also happens at landfills due to emissions of methane gas.
• Waste burning also happens intentionally along the informal recycling chain, for instance to get rid of the mixed low-value or non-recyclable materials or during the informal recycling of e-waste.
• 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.
• Open-burning of rice straw residues pollutes the air and contributes to global warming through emissions of Greenhouse gases.
• 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.
Impact of open burning on health
Slides from COP26 presentation by dr. Vijay Sharma addressing the impact of open waste burning on health. video
🔥 We invite you or your organisation, business or government to join our campaign by sharing our poster (artwork by Gallifrey Foundation). You can download it free of charge in your country’s language for use in your networks and your community campaign. If your country’s national language is not yet included we can translate a poster for you.
OPEN BURNING OF WASTE: A GLOBAL HEALTH DISASTER by R20 Regions of Climate Action
Health and Environmental Effects of Open Burning of Refuse and Other Solid Wastes by Government of Saskatchewan
Open Burning during the COVID-19 Pandemic by US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Burning of fallen leaves poses health hazards The Times of India
Paper Burning and Associated Pollution Problems in Higher Educational
Institutions of Ethiopia; The Need and Potential for Recycling by Mekonnen Amberber and Yitayal Addis, Department of Environmental Science, College of Natural and Computational Sciences, Kotebe Metropolitan University, Ethiopia
How does burning of rice straw affect CH4 and N2O emissions? A comparative experiment of different on-field straw management practices International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)
Measuring black carbon emissions from open burning of waste by Professor David C. Wilson