The report is focused on mapping pollution by persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in villages of Karawang Regency, West Java, at sites affected by using plastic and rubber waste (including used tires) as fuel in lime kilns. This study analyzed ash samples from waste incineration, soil samples, and eggs from free-range chickens near the lime kiln. The study’s results confirmed serious environmental and food chain contamination in Karawang with dangerous chemicals intentionally added to plastics as brominated flame retardants or substances produced during incineration, such as dioxins. The contamination of eggs with dioxins represents the highest ever measured levels in Asia and globally.
The study results were presented at the 2nd International Symposium on Halogenated Persistent Organic Pollutants, held in New Orleans, October 9-14 October 2022.