Garbage dumped on roadsides is no uncommon sight. Plastic cups, bags, metal can, sweet wrappers, even plastic bottles litter the streets in every city.
Such garbage promotes the accumulation of stagnant water promoting the breeding of mosquitoes and other disease-causing pests.
The Bolangir town municipality is to be lauded for finding a way to not only ‘deal’ with the garbage problem, but also provide green manure for the residents of the town.
Bolangir town produces around 7 tonnes of garbage on a daily basis.
Garbage can be basically segregated into 2 categories: wet waste and dry waste. Segregation of garbage into biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste helps to dispose of the non-biodegradable waste in a proper way, and prepare organic manure for plants from the biodegradable waste.
How is it done?
In the Micro Composting Centre (MCC) at Bijakhamman, the waste is segregated into the organic (kitchen waste) and non-biodegradable waste (plastics, metals).
The wet waste is shredded and processed and then allowed to decay. This process ensures that the organic components are broken down to form organic manure, which can be used to fertilize fields and gardens.
The dry waste is segregated by another unit. The recyclable waste is given to the kabaadiwalas and ragpickers. Plastics and polythene are sent to a cement factory for their safe disposal.
“The Micro Composting Center (MCC), having a capacity of five tons per day, has started generating organic manure at Bijakhamman dumping yard,” says executive officer Bolangir municipality Bipin Deep.
“We are selling the organic manure produced from the garbage at Rs. 20 per kilo. Thus far, we have sold manure worth Rs. 3000,” said Manoj Mahajan, trainee IAS officer at Bolangir Municipality.
Besides, Bolangir municipality has also begun cleaning the roads in the evening. This commenced a week ago.