Simply put, Composting is the process by which Organic waste is converted into manure / fertilizer. Organic waste (fruit and vegetables, left over food etc.) is collected regularly, and then with the help of certain agents, allowed to decompose over a period of time. Within a few weeks manure is ready. New waste material can be added to the mix regularly.
Why is it important? According to research a family of four in New Delhi or Gurgaon produces approximately 1 tonne of waste every year. That waste goes into a landfill or is burnt. Both of these lead to increase in air pollution. Reducing waste at home therefore has a direct impact on breathing cleaner air.
“It seems messy, stinky, and the job of the MCD. What’s the point of paying taxes to the government if we have to do our own waste management??” A conversation around Composting often raises this question. While there could be lots of answers to this question, the simple point is that we need to treat our personal waste like we treat other personal properties. Take care of it the best we can, with support from others. Besides that, it’s not messy or stinky if done the right way.
Composting at home, is actually quite easy, and today there are a lot of products available that can facilitate composting at home, even from your balcony. It’s a superb way of reducing your carbon foot print, improving the quality of the air you breathe, and getting more out of the waste you produce every day (no need to spend on expensive organic fertilizers).
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