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  • Excellent story. Organic

    Excellent story.
    Organic matter constitutes 35%ÔÇô40% of the municipal solid waste generated in India. This waste can be recycled by the method of composting, one of the oldest forms of disposal. It is the natural process of decomposition of organic waste that yields manure or compost, which is very rich in nutrients. Composting is a biological process in which micro-organisms, mainly fungi and bacteria, convert degradable organic waste into humus like substance. This finished product, which looks like soil, is high in carbon and nitrogen and is an excellent medium for growing plants. The process of composting ensures the waste that is produced in the kitchens is not carelessly thrown and left to rot. It recycles the nutrients and returns them to the soil as nutrients. Apart from being clean, cheap, and safe, composting can significantly reduce the amount of disposable garbage. The organic fertilizer can be used instead of chemical fertilizers and is better specially when used for vegetables. It increases the soilÔÇÖs ability to hold water and makes the soil easier to cultivate. It helped the soil retain more of the plant
    Composting: some benefits
    Compost allows the soil to retain more plant nutrients over a longer period.
    It supplies part of the 16 essential elements needed by the plants.
    It helps reduce the adverse effects of excessive alkalinity, acidity, or the excessive use of chemical fertilizer.
    It makes soil easier to cultivate.
    It helps keep the soil cool in summer and warm in winter.
    It aids in preventing soil erosion by keeping the soil covered.
    It helps in controlling the growth of weeds in the garden
    Composting of municipal waste is a step to reduce pollution and utilising waste. The Municipal Corporations and Municipalities involved in the Compost projects need to adopt pragmatic approach .
    Dr.A.Jagadeesh Nellore(AP),India

    Posted by: Anonymous | 5 years ago | Reply
  • Excellent read, shocking to know how much waste we produce and the sad state of affairs. I have been reading up on food waste and compost, within the NCR region what are the possibilities for either (a) restaurant/cafes to take part in generating compost from food waste either by themselves - does that require expensive material and labor or (b) possibility to have the waste collected by companies that are already in the process of generating compost? Any leads would be appreciated, thanks!

    Posted by: Rohan Saraf | 2 years ago | Reply
  • Municipalities need to know that there is a new technology on the market for the processing of organic waste into high quality compost in a cheap and efficient way. And yes it is possible to sel quality compost for less than 1500 Rs per ton.
    If waste management is really interested in a lasting solution to the organic waste problem they should contact the manufacturer who developed this new equipment.

    Posted by: Jan Coenen | 2 years ago | Reply
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