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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Why India needs to compost

Composting runs in the roots of India. Modern composting as we know it got was born in India. Composting also features as a legal requirement provided under the Municipal Solid Waste Management (MSW) Rules 2000 for all municipal bodies in the country. However, government bodies have not adequately responded to this necessity.

While sustainable waste management should be viewed as a cyclical process, our governments continue to view it in a linear fashion creating multiple externalities and paving our way towards a waste crisis. This has also led to the birth of many entrepreneurs who are providing alternate waste solutions for a greater efficient waste management system. While eco-conscious citizens across urban India have been composting at home using appliances manufactured by these private ventures, rural India is doing its bit by using bio-digesters and similar technology. In this case, the biogas realized is used as an energy source for light and gas.

Improper waste handling has resulted in loss of lives and environmental degradation. Though there are multiple ways to dispose waste, composting by far is the most economical and environment friendly. For city dwellers, there are many companies like the Daily dump that offer waste management systems that you can install in your home. The outcome is organic manure which can be sold to nurseries and gardens and an ecological life.

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