Just read “Is burning plastic waste a good idea?” from National Geographic.
This article has a Western view and opinions on the matter. From that perspective, the pros-and-cons as regards to plastic incineration is discussed with a slight bias against burning. I say it boils down to the question of, ‘who will be the ones burning the plastic?’. Because there is a huge difference in technology and environmental standards on how plastic waste is dealt with in a West European country compared to a third world country in Asia.
When I think in terms of the city I am living in right now, then it should be a good idea. The incineration of plastic which formed part of the city’s waste will turn into energy that is fed into the warmtenet, providing heating to schools, the a youth center, the fire brigade and several residential apartments. Better that than having wind-blown plastic bags hanging from the tree branches in the Gavers or floating down the river Leie. And let us all hope that the scrubbers and filters will always work effectively at the Imog.