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BMC to put microbes to work at Deonar 

The BMC is planning to seek help from microorganisms in dealing with the growing garbage crisis at Deonar dumping ground. A pilot project will soon be started at the dump, wherein the corporation will unleash the power of bacteria to deal with piles of garbage.

Called the bioculture method, the project will test if special microbes hasten the composting process at the dumping ground. If successful, the project will curb the foul smell emanating from the garbage as well create more space for extra — both because the cycle of turning garbage into compost will roll faster.

Says Mohole, deputy chief engineer, solid waste department (eastern suburb), “We have already invited tenders for this process and work is expected to begin in a couple of months.”

Explaining the working of the project, Mohole says, “Effective Microbs (EM), which comprises several forms of bacteria, will be added to the garbage. The bacteria are expected to turn the garbage into sellable compost in very little time.”

At the end of the composting process, the manure generated can will be distributed or sold to residents or bulk purchasers. Mohole pegs the cost of the project at Rs 4 lakh.

“We expect to treat 300 metric tonne of garbage through the pilot project,” he says, adding that the bacteria to garbage proportion will be 1 kg and 1 tonne, respectively.

Normally, it takes around 45 days for the garbage to convert into compost. This leads to huge accumulation garbage at the dump. Apart from the foul smell, the garbage also often catches fire, which adds to the air pollution in the area.

“If the project is successful, we can save around 15 days to 30 days per cycle. This will go a long way in cutting down the smell and smoke at the dump,” says Mohole.

Apart form this, the BMC is also trying to explore options like using the garbage at the dump to create non-conventional forms of energy that can be used as fuel in at least some industries. However, details of this project are yet to be worked out.


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