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Jakarta Post

Rampant trash burning chokes humans, planet but still taken lightly

  • Vela Andapita
    Vela Andapita

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, August 30, 2019   /  03:43 pm
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Two scavengers collect trash at the Burangkeng dump site in Burangkeng, a village in Bekasi regency, West Java, on Aug. 1. (JP/Budi Sutrisno)

When it comes to disposing of trash, some of us might opt for the quick and easy way, burning it. Trash burning is still very common in Greater Jakarta where people often burn trash on vacant land in packed residential areas despite its harmful effect on both people and the environment and the fact that it is illegal. A recent news report stated that an infant in Sindang Jaya district in Tangerang, Banten, was found to be suffering from an acute respiratory infection (ISPA) thought to have been caused by inhaling fumes from the burning of hazardous and toxic waste (B3). The family of the one-month-old baby lived some 150 meters from a plot of land where people burned B3 waste. Some residents said the practice had been going on for years, some even said burning trash was their source of income. “People salvage the good quality plastic [waste], then burn the rest,” a r...