India generates 68,760,163 metric tonnes of household food waste per year
This is as much as 50 kgs of food wasted per year for a population of over 1.6 billion. Organic waste causes significant emissions, especially of more potent gases than CO2. Effective waste management is expensive, often comprising 20 per cent to 50 per cent of municipal budgets.
Mahindra WTE Solutions Limited has constructed 4 facilities - 1 in Maharashtra; 3 in Andhra Pradesh to convert organic waste into biogas, with organic or bio manure as a by-product. The manure is an excellent fertiliser, and can be used in agricultural lands. The facilities cumulatively can process 110 tonnes of organic waste per day into energy. The facilities accept the following types of waste as input → agricultural residue, food, fruit, and vegetable waste, animal waste, municipal waste etc.