Making the Best Out of Waste

Environment

Do you love the environment. Would you like to do your bit to protect it. If you answered "yes" to these two questions, then we have just the thing for you. And what's more, you don't have to look any further than the waste generated in your own home for the solution

 

Composting is the ancient practice of converting organic household waste into manure. Approximately 60% of the household waste generated in Indian homes is organic in nature. It is thus very easy for building societies in urban areas to compost waste and turn it into manure.

Setting an example, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) recently earned carbon credits worth Rs 5 lac due to composting. They re-started the Okhla composting plant to manage waste from the huge residential societies and industrial estates in the area. Composting not only took care of carbon credits and the waste problem, but also benefited the environment. The manure one gets from composting enriches the soil naturally and prevents soil erosion. This manure can also be used for gardens at home!

All one needs to do is classify and segregate household waste as organic, inorganic and e-waste. The organic waste needs to be gathered in a composter. This composter does not take up much space. It can be kept anywhere in the house in places such as a kitchen, balcony or outside the door. It neither stinks nor does it attract flies.

Waste management begins at the individual level. Initially, it is a slow learning process, but gradually, it becomes a habit. The best part of it all is that it suits our urban lifestyle.