Where there’s smoke , there’s berbahaya. Don’t burn plastic bags.

I grew up in Sydney Australia. As a young boy it was my after school job to ‘take out the trash’ to our back yard where I used to enjoy burning rubbish.
I liked the sound burning plastic made when you held a plastic bag on a stick.
Molten globs would drop off in slow motion and make a zipping sound as they fell to the ground. My brother still bears a scar on his hand where he got hit by a drop of molten plastic one afternoon. That incident put an end to that game, but my parents were unaware of the health hazard of burning rubbish, so we continued our weekly backyard burn offs.

We were not yet educated on the dangers of burning rubbish.


Around the mid Seventies , when I was starting high school, the Australian Government announced the Environment Protection Act.  Burning rubbish at home had to be done in incinerators and ONLY at specific times , usually late afternoon, on specific days.

By 1997 we had the Protection of the Environment Operations Act which prohibited the burning of any type of rubbish. Which means it was a legal offense to burn ANYTHING at all , anytime. People who still tried to burn their house-hold rubbish could be fined up to $200 for breaking the law.

Advertisements from the government also started to appear that warned the public about the dangers of burning rubbish and inhalation of toxic smoke.

Gradually the air around Sydney became cleaner.

SO – my point is – Australia was not always a Go-Green perfectly clean air country.
The air quality is a gizzilion times better than what I’m breathing right now in BSD , Jakarta, but we had to go through steps of understanding and adjusting over time to get there.

Sometimes I feel time has run out for Jakarta. Air Pollution is so very bad here.
A change must start somewhere though. The first step is letting people that burning rubbish , like I did when I was a boy , know that it can be really bad for their health.


Jangan membakar sampah plastic.

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Jangan Membakar SAmpah Plastic !

This has been a real problematic issue in The Green over the past month.

The community here are now taking steps to hopefully prevent the burning of plastic continuing.

Jangan Bakar Plastic

Pembakaran Sampah Meracuni Masyarakat Kita.

Pembakaran PVC plastic yang mengandung chlorine

akan menghasilkan dan zat dioxin yang paling berbahaya.

Menghirup karbomonoksida (CO) dan dioxin sangat menganggu kesehatan kita  ; secara rusak paru2 , kulit , dan otak. Kasian anak-anak kita. Jangan membakar Plastic !

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Lead is in the Air.

I will be reviewing a few more houses for rent and sale in the up coming weeks.
But for now there is something I’d like to get off my chest – literally.
The smoke from burning plastic on a daily basis here is becoming quite unbearable.
It seems we now have 3 seasons in The Green ; Wet season , Dry Season . Smoke Season.

Every afternoon when I return home from work, our cluster at Monte-Carlo is shrouded in a blanket of blue-grey smoke. Every morning when i open the balcony doors to our bedroom, I am greeted with a pungent smell – unmistakeably burning plastic mixed with wet garbage.


Open burning is common practice in Indonesia. As plastic works its way through the supermarkets and Indomarts into the mainstream , the household rubbish pile transforms from what used to be largely organic waste, into a potentially dangerous toxic mound.

People burn their trash because it’s cheaper than paying someone to take it away. What they don’t realize is that burning plastic is very bad for your health and can be lethal.


ISAP KIDS ! Mommy loves you, she’s just not educated… :(

Photo from an article on Dioxins ; http://bemfkunud.com/2010/02/28/dioxin-dampak-negatifnya-dan-cara-menghindarinya/

We moved out of Jakarta and chose The Green because it appeared to be a clean , healthy environment. The past month is proving me wrong. I am at a real crossroads here ;
It is hypocritical for me to subject my daughter to this kind of daily poisoning and act like everything is hunky dory on The Green.

I can try to communicate the village people who burn their trash daily , but as long as they have no other immediate option for garbage collection – it might be a big uphill battle and a costly one for little lungs….


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