To: Aruna Ravi, BBMP Ward Councillor, CV Raman Nagar

End Open Garbage Burning In Ward 57

Open garbage burning is illegal. Enforce the ban on open garbage burning in Bangalore now!

Why is this important?

Bengalureans can no longer brag about the ‘natural air-conditioning’ in the city. The summers are getting hotter and garbage burning is adding to the heat. In the winters, because of lower temperatures, the pollution in our city worsens. Open burning of garbage is a common practice around the city. It is so normal that most people don’t even know that it is against the law.

Particulate matter on Bengaluru’s busy roads is 6 times the limit prescribed by the World Health Organisation. Garbage burning greatly contributes to the existing urban air pollution which is known to reduce the lives of Indians by over 3 years. The cocktail of toxins that are released while burning garbage is extremely harmful to humans, causing growth defects and cancer in children.

Here is the problem: The burning of garbage represents a whole systems failure. It’s what happens when there’s overconsumption, littering, not enough waste segregation, too few sorting facilities, and not enough landfills.

But the good news is that there is no shortage of solutions. If the BBMP makes this a priority, and invests/enforces accordingly, we can not only end garbage burning in our beautiful city, but it will also be major step forward in addressing the problem of waste management itself.

The pollution in North India is reaching unbearable levels. Let's not take Bengaluru there.

Join us in telling the BBMP that garbage burning is illegal and the ban on open garbage burning must be enforced immediately!

C V Raman Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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