The NITI Aayog, in its Draft Three Year Action Agenda, has drawn attention to the need for a sustainable plan for solid waste management in Indian cities. However, they have taken the stand that incineration or ‘waste to energy’ is the best option as a sustainable disposal solution for the solid waste of larger cities. Their contention is that biogas and composting for waste management generate by-products or residues in large volumes that the larger cities will find difficult to dispose of efficiently. This reasoning is flawed.
NITI fails to point out that when incineration plants in cities use unsegregated waste to generate electricity, they emit toxic gases as by-products and irresponsibly dispose of these ‘dangerous by-products’ in the air. When we do not have effective mechanisms for monitoring the emissions, the health hazard becomes even more challenging. Read More…
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