India sets up waste management system to boost composting

Source: Times of India

More than 600 residents in Gurgaon, India, have set up a waste management system to process over 600kg of horticulture and household kitchen waste generated from the blocks. Gurgaon’s deputy commissioner T L Satyaprakash inaugurated the composting unit. The facility will process 300kg of horticulture waste and 300kg of kitchen waste, collected on a daily basis from the area.

Parimal Bardhan from H-Block Residential Community (HBRC) said residents would start with processing horticulture waste in the compost pit. “From Saturday, residents will start contributing kitchen waste for processing. This way, almost 70% of waste generated in the blocks can be recycled into organic manure and it need not be sent to the landfill.”

The technology used for waste processing won’t use more than 800 units of electricity per month. Waste will be shredded, crushed and de-watered to be converted into organic manure by the Green Bandhu Management System. “According to an estimate, the electricity used by the compost pit will not cost more than Rs 5,000,” said Bardhan. The manure thus produced will be sold to the residents at a nominal price so that the service provider can sustain the cost of running the system.

Welcoming the step, Sudhir Sachdeva from DLF City RWA said, “It will not only reduce waste and prevent dumping and burning of waste, but also help to improve the work of ragpickers, who generally segregate all sorts of waste, including that belonging to the hazardous variety.”

Some residents raised concern about segregation of waste at the household level. “The initiative will be successful only if RWA makes it mandatory for residents to keep colour-coded bins and segregate the waste at the household level,” an anonymous resident commented.

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