India’s Garbage Problem has an Obvious Solution

The Unearth Bulletin

October 9 · Issue #71 · View online

Towards a Sustainable & Inclusive World
The garbage problem has an obvious working solution.
Garbage dumps are old technology. Until we find a cheap method of sending our garbage into the sun, an expensive but relatively clean solution exists with little collateral damage. Collect the garbage and dump it into high-temperature waste burning plants. Clean up the emissions well, for which technologies exist. They may also generate energy, or they may not. However that will be a by-product. Japan, Singapore, Sweden already do it. Singapore claims its waste burning plant emissions are cleaner than the air they are released in. India needs to do the same, for each city and rural block.

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Household segregation and recycling are other attractive options that activists fed on from the western information diet. They are wrong. Recycling of plastic only delays the problem, for at some point the plastic does become useless and then the same problem on what to do with it re-emerges. Household segregation is extremely expensive for cash strapped, overworked and under-resourced city governments to manage. Punishing low-income residents is a very difficult task and the few examples found in India are only in high-income areas. The reason is obvious.
A garbage policy requires high-temperature waste-burning along with constant monitoring by civil society to ensure compliance with clean air emissions.
-Laveesh Bhandari

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