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Plastic bags take years to decompose, and across the globe such waste clogs sewers, chokes rivers and undermines soil fertility.

In this article, Aakanksha Kumar reports how Indian scientists have hit on a way to address this problem — and at the same time create energy — by converting non-biodegradable plastic wastes into a fuel that burns easily and without sooty fumes.

The technology, which is currently awaiting commercialisation, could help to reduce India's dependence on coal, as well as minimise environmental perils.

Link to TerraGreen article

Photo credit: WHO/P. Virot