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Waste-to-Energy Makes Sense, Just Not in India, Research Says

Feb. 26, 2019, 3:18 PM

Burning waste to produce electricity can be a win-win situation in some countries, keeping the streets clean and the lights on. But this isn’t the case in India, where it costs too much and worsens the already deadly air quality, said a Delhi-based science and research group.

And in a new report, the Centre for Science and Environment warned that India’s continued subsidizing of waste-to-energy plants is counterproductive. It blames a misunderstanding of the different ways countries handle their trash, and the low quality—for energy generation purposes—of the combustible product in India’s waste-to-energy (WTE) plants.

Because of India’s huge...

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