GUWAHATI, June 7 � A beautiful garden or a lush rooftop is a luxury in the congested city life. However, the biggest bane of urban localities - garbage, can make it possible! Environ, an organisation working in the field of nature conservation and solid waste management, has come up with a waste assimilator, specially designed for managing kitchen waste and turning it into a productive organic manure.
The compact design and simple, yet effective, mechanism is apt for urban localities and 75 households in Milanpur, Rehabari in Ward No 14 in this capital city are using the special litter bin for the past two months for producing their own organic manure with minimal efforts.
An invention of Dr Amarjyoti Kashyap, who is the president and chief functionary of Environ, this waste assimilator has also got provisional patent. The project in Milanpur is supported by the Guwahati Municipal Corporation.
�Kitchen waste forms a major portion of the household garbage generated every day. However, in the absence of a source segregation mechanism, this garbage turns into a menace in every locality and on the roadsides. Both the dry and wet waste can be recycled and reused with little effort by the denizens with support from the administration,� said Dr Kashyap.
The clean neighbourhood movement was launched by the NGO on January 13 this year. Subrata Dey, a resident of Rehabari who has vast experience in gardening, has found this product useful for his plants. �The nutrients received through this method help the plant grow better. Moreover, this method is odour-free and all kinds of bio-degradable products can be put into this bin,� he added.
Two inter-exchangeable assimilators are now a part of the lush rooftop kitchen garden of Dr Sandamita Deka of the same locality.
Though the Swachh Bharat initiative has been well received throughout the country, the entire concept might tumble, if the solid waste management is not planned properly. Apart from ensuring people�s participation in garbage management, this initiative is promoting organic farming and increasing green cover.
The system is an 18-inch wide and 21-inch high bucket designed for aerobic microbial digestion along with rapid assimilation by a hybrid earthworm producing continuous �Vermiwash� and finally �Vermicompost� from bio-degradable solid waste.
�This initiative is extremely useful for managing solid waste and in the process the citizens are also getting the incentive in the form of organic manure and pest repellent. With this process, it would be easier for the administration to manage segregated solid waste,� said Ashima Bordoloi, Councillor of Ward no 14.