Does Burning Garbage for Electricity Make Sense?

By Nickolas J. Themelis and Jeffrey Morris, The Wall Street Journal.

The amount of garbage produced by the world’s urban dwellers is growing at an astonishing clip. The World Bank has estimated that countries are generating 1.4 billion tons of municipal solid waste each year and forecasts that this number will double by 2025.

What is to be done with all of that stuff? 

Governments and businesses have been working to change product packaging and consumer behavior to reduce the materials we throw away. In combination with recycling and composting efforts, these changes have helped significantly reduce garbage being buried in landfills.