Waste burning in Greater Jakarta area emits 12,627 Gg of carbon annually

Jakarta – Jakarta – PT Wasteforchange Alam Indonesia (Waste4Change) and Yayasan Bicara Udara Anak Bangsa Foundation (Bicara Udara) recently released the results of research on carbon emissions resulting from uncontrolled waste burning activities in the areas of Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang and Bekasi (Greater Jakarta area) annually reaching 12,627.34 Gigagram (Gg), or almost equivalent to the amount of carbon emissions due to forest and land burning in Kalimantan in 2021 which will reach 14,280 Gg/year.

Waste4Change Recycling Supply Chain Specialist, Lathifah A Mashudi in a presentation of the report entitled “Research on Open Burning Garbage Activities in the Greater Jakarta Area”, said that “uncontrolled waste burning activities like this are estimated to contribute 9.42 percent of CO2 emissions to greenhouse gas emissions from the waste management sector. This activity is equivalent to burning 108,825 ha of forest.”

In the report, Mashudi explained, the perpetrators of waste burning were divided into three main categories namely individual actors who burned waste of their own accord, individual actors who were ordered to burn waste, and business people. She explained the impact felt by 1,432 non-actors respondents affected by the burning of waste. These include respiratory, skin and eye health problems, as well as reduced visibility or eye sight. Illegal waste burning activities also have the potential to cause air, water and soil pollution, as well as land fires and climate change.

On the same occasion, Acting Head of the Environmental Health, Occupational Health and Sports Section, DKI Jakarta Provincial Health Office, dr. Aris Nurzamzami said that in several studies, burning waste not only produces compounds that are harmful to the environment but also produces compounds that are carcinogenic.

“One ton of organic waste produces nine kilos of solid particles which contain dangerous hydrocarbon compounds. Air pollutants such as CO, SO2, O3, HC, CH4, N2O and PM10 and PM2.5 are examples of emissions arising from waste burning activities. This is dangerous and toxic, and can cause diseases in the form of cancer to impaired physical growth and the nervous system for those who either intentionally or unintentionally inhale the smoke,” said Nurzamzami. (Hartatik)

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