Home composting can shed load off workers. About 50-70% of Indian households generate waste that is organic in nature
In the middle of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, one wonders how municipal solid waste is being managed in cities — and if there is a way an individual can contribute towards the practice.
A few things can do.
Under the ‘waste management hierarchy’, preventing waste occupies the top position. Waste is prepared for re-use, recycling, recovery and disposal. In this scenario, we can minimise the waste. Wet waste can be treated through home composting.
Moving up the waste hierarchy. Source: European Commission, 2010
Why home composting?
The process can help reduce workload of those involved in the business. About 50-70 per cent of Indian households generate waste that is organic in nature and can be used to make compost. Or maybe as a gift it to one’s neighbour.
Source: CSE, 2017
How can you compost at home?
Composting can be done at various places — the kitchen, balcony, terrace or roof, tabletop or even sink. A wide range of products are available designed for home composting.
Some examples are ecobin, dailydump composters, tallboy bio bins, etc. These composters are designed so that they can be easily accommodated in flats, apartments and tight spaces.
These are good for a family of four-five individual. However, manufacturers have solutions for big families as well. Most of these composters are also suitable for outdoor use and can be put in the balcony, terrace or garden and are reasonably priced and user-friendly.
If you don’t want to spend a lot of money, you could even opt for earthen pot / earthen vase as per your convenience.
This is how you go about the process:
Finally, within two-three months when your dry, dark brown waste-turned-compost is ready, you can start using it.
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