Money from garbage

Published: Tuesday 31 August 1999

the Municipal Corporation of Dehi ( mcd ) has finally found a productive way of getting rid of the city's garbage. In a month's time, the first private-run compost plant is likely to begin operations. The plant, which has a capacity of converting 500 metric tonnes of garbage into manure a day, is located at the Bhalaswa landfill in north Delhi.

The plant will be operated by a Mumbai-based company. While it has exclusive rights to market the products independently, it will share 1.5 per cent of its net profit with mcd . Lifting and dumping garbage at the compost plant site will remain mcd 's responsibility, but the company will pay for the service. "Till now mcd used to spend money on dumping and levelling garbage at landfills, but with the new plants we'll start earning from our garbage," says Raj Puri Gupta, chairperson of the conservancy and sanitation committee.

Besides productive disposal of garbage, compost plants will offer solution to mcd 's shrinking landfill sites. mcd is reportedly running out of space for dumping the city's wastes.

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