India – 9 Feb 2012 –
Waste to Energy is the new craze in waste management in India. Fueled by the accessibility of carbon credit financing, these plants are not only environmentally unsound but is also competing for waste with the hundreds of thousands of waste pickers who eke out a livelihood from recycling trash.
The Waste to Energy plant in Okhla was commissioned in 2005. From the start there were protests from both the middle-class residents that live around the plant site, as well as from waste picker and environmental groups. The project has raised huge headlines, mostly because it’s located in one of Delhis most affluent neighborhoods. However besides the impact it has on the residents, an equally important side of the story is the impact it has on waste pickers. Read more here