Philippine eco group wants to stop open trash burning Now
Those who practice open trash burning (pagsisiga) are violating the Clean Air Act and the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act. This reminder came from environment group EcoWaste Coalition which is asking the government to impose a stricter ban on the practice around the country.
In a statement made yesterday, the coalition said ‘Despite the explicit prohibition [under] two of the nation’s foremost environmental [laws], this silent killer continues to haunt our communities in the cities and countryside.
‘We therefore appeal to all local government units to enforce the ban.’
They added that a stricter enforcement of the law will support the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ (DENR) project called Integrated Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) that aims to reduce dangerous emissions coming from burning trash. The project had been funded by the World Bank’s Global Environment Facility.
EcoWaste Coalition said that burning of trash releases POPs like cancer-causing dioxins and furans that are dangerous to the health. Other toxic chemicals released by the simple burning of trash include carbon monoxide, mercury and volatile organic compounds.
These chemicals can be inhaled by people, leading to coughing, shortness of breath and chest pain. It can also worsen respiratory and heart diseases.
Open trash burning is prohibited by the Republic Act 9003 and punishments include fines of Php300–1000 or imprisonment of one to 15 days.