Open burning is an offense under the Malaysian Environmental Quality (Amendment)Act 2001
We the residents of Pantai Hill Orchard strongly discourage such actions especially during the haze periods.
Serenity Sanctuary recently angered neighbours in the midst of very bad haze conditions – when they chose to open burn what looks like… leftover construction material and garden rubbish.
When we burn most waste items, toxic and dangerous by-products are created. These are not subsequently destroyed by the fire and are emitted into the air we breathe. These pollutants can have profound long term health implications.
For example burning wood that is painted or treated with a preservative can be the cause of emitting very toxic fumes. The same is true when paper, which is plastic coated or contains certain inks, or glue used to bind pages together in book form, is burned.
Today, bleached paper, plastic packaging or plastic products, and printed materials with glues, plastic coatings and coloured inks make up a large portion of society’s waste. When these items are burned in low temperature fires like those that take place in a backyard burn, very high levels of toxic chemicals and fine particulate matter are released with the smoke. Many of these toxins don’t readily break down, leading to accumulation and persistence in the environment. – eartheasy.com