FAQ on vermi-composting
Dr G Malsur , MCH Additional
Commissioner (health and sanitation) on the recent move to recycle
Whatís the objective of vermicomposting?
The aim is to decentralise garbage
processing and make manure.Vermicomposting will help in recycling
waste,which will also reduce the pressure on dumping sites. Garbage
transportation costs will also be considerably reduced.
How does the concept work?
Vermicomposting can be used to convert
organic waste, like vegetable peels, into manure. The organic waste
generated in a household is put in the compost pit and earthworms
are used to decompose it. The resultant manure is of high quality
and has a good demand in the market. This will also provide an opportunity
to people to make some extra income.
What role will the municipal corporation
play? What is the expenditure involved?
The corporation will provide land to
set up the recycling facility.As far as the infrastructure goes,we
will be providing a shed and some implements. Water resources, like
borewells, will also be made available. Those interested will also
receive technical guidance. All this will be made available free
Has the project started? Who will be
the managing authority?
Compost units have already been set
up in three colonies in the city.We have set ourselves a target
of setting up at least one unit in each of the wards. This means
that we will be setting up something like 100 units in the near
future. Thatís the lowest target and we are hoping that more and
more colonies will approach us. The managing authorities will be
the representatives of the welfare associations of the respective
colonies. Once set up, the facility will be managed by the welfare
associations. If there is any problem,we will step in to resolve
How has been the response?
The response has been very good and
we are currently promoting this idea. Going by the current reaction,
we think the concept will become very popular.