24 Oct '17, 1am

When waste isn't wasted: How a small Indonesian city turned garbage into electricity

When waste isn't wasted: How a small Indonesian city turned garbage into electricity

How Asia is dealing with its growing rubbish problem: • Cities worldwide now generate around 1.3 billion tonnes of municipal solid waste (MSW) a year. This is expected to nearly double to 2.2 billion tonnes a year by 2025. • Asia accounts for around 30 per cent of the global volume, and is estimated to generate 1.8 million tonnes of MSW a day by 2025. Growth in waste quantities is fastest in Asia. • The higher the income level and rate of urbanisation of a country, the greater the amount of solid waste it produces as its consumption is greater. So an average person in Singapore currently generates 1.49kg of waste a day, and in Japan, it is 1.71kg a day. In comparison, an average person in Indonesia produces 0.52kg of waste a day, while in India, it is 0.34kg a day. • Higher-income countries have more efficient disposal systems, which means they are able to keep the volume ...

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