🔥 Open Burning Awareness 🔥

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.

🔥 Open waste 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;

Burning can be an intentional practice at landfills or illegal dump sites, to create space;

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;

Spontaneous burning also happens in landfills ignited by methane gas;

Open-burning of rice straw residues pollutes the air and contributes to global warming through emissions of Greenhouse gases;

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.

🔥 Sensibilisation à la combustion ouverte 🔥

Rejoignez le mouvement mondial d’International Waste Platform pour sensibiliser, éduquer et plaider en faveur de réglementations environnementales interdisant la combustion à l’air libre en tant que pratique de gestion des déchets.

🔥 La combustion des déchets à ciel ouvert peut être intentionnelle ou spontanée 🔥

Le brûlage intentionnel des déchets est souvent la seule méthode de gestion des déchets au niveau des ménages ou de la communauté disponible dans les pays mal réglementés ou en développement et les impacts sur la santé humaine ne sont toujours pas bien compris ;

Le brûlage peut être une pratique intentionnelle dans les décharges ou les dépotoirs illégaux, pour créer de l’espace;

La combustion des déchets se produit également intentionnellement le long de la chaîne de recyclage informelle, par exemple pour se débarrasser des matériaux mixtes de faible valeur ou non recyclables ou lors du recyclage informel des déchets électroniques ;

La combustion spontanée se produit également dans les décharges enflammées par le gaz méthane;

La combustion à l’air libre des résidus de paille de riz pollue l’air et contribue au réchauffement climatique par les émissions de gaz à effet de serre ;

Les polluants nocifs provenant de la combustion à l’air libre comprennent : les particules fines ; particules de carbone noir (suie); dibenzo dioxines polychlorées (PCDD) et dibenzo furanes polychlorés (PCDF); et les hydrocarbures polyaromatiques, y compris les carcinogènes connus tels que le benzo(a)pyrène

Les jeunes enfants et les adultes plus âgés, en particulier ceux qui souffrent déjà de troubles respiratoires (p. L’exposition aux hydrocarbures poly-aromatiques, aux dioxines et aux furanes est liée à des problèmes de cancer, de foie, de système immunitaire, de système endocrinien, de système reproducteur et de systèmes en développement chez les jeunes.

🔥 Posters are available in Burmese, English, Filipino, French, Greek, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Malagasy, Malay, Portuguese, Swahili, Tetum and Turkish

🔥 We invite you, 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.

Resources

Slides from COP26 presentation by dr. Vijay Sharma addressing the impact of open waste burning on health. video

Plastic Waste Poisoning Food and Threatening Communities in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe and Latin America – 2021 June by IPEN

Mismanagement of Plastic Waste through Open Burning with Emphasis on the Global South: A Systematic Review of Risks to Occupational and Public Health by Costas A. VelisEd Cook Environ. Sci. Technol. 2021, 55, 11, 7186–7207 – May 18, 2021

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

Environmental Effects | Backyard Burning | Wastes by US EPA

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)

Experimental measurements of black carbon emission factors to estimate the global impact of uncontrolled burning of waste

Measuring black carbon emissions from open burning of waste by Professor David C. Wilson

Uncontrolled burning of solid waste by households in Mexico is a significant contributor to climate change in the country