Delhi’s waste collection points and overflowing landfills give an impression of massive quantities of mismanaged waste, which is best incinerated at waste-to-energy (WTE) plants.
But a new assessment by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has revealed that only 13% of Delhi’s waste is of high calorific value and can be incinerated to generate energy— the rest can either be treated biologically or recycled.
Delhi has already constructed three WTE plants with the capacity to handle nearly 50% of its municipal waste and is planning to build a fourth one with no ideas about where the high calorific value waste will come from to feed these plants.
As of now, mixed waste, with even inert material, is landing up at WTE plants. CSE’s analysis, “To Burn or Not To Burn”, also suggests that WTE plants come at a steep environmental cost as they require continuous monitoring of emissions. Read More