As is quite evident, when you look around, the management of garbage is the veritable bane of our country.
Day in and day out garbage is produced by one and all, out of which a part is collected, treated and disposed off scientifically, but the sad story is that a major part of it is just strewn around in small and big festering heaps all over the cities of our country.
What does then one do in a situation like this? This is a question that every responsible thinking citizen faces today. One solution could be to do carry on with what we have been doing. After all we do pay our taxes, which then clearly puts the onus on the civic authorities of our cities to take care of the ever growing problem.
In this milieu Poonam Bir Kasturi, of the firm Daily Dump offers another more intelligent solution which allows us to mitigate the garbage problem right at its source, that being our very own homes.
What Daily Dump advocates is that we merely learn to ‘throw differently’. We have all been disposing off waste without separating it till now. The result is disease, pollution, proliferation of pests, litter, excessive use of plastic garbage bags and at times injuries to the handlers of our garbage.
Daily Dump has an easy and very ‘doable’ solution to all of this. It offers citizens composting solutions that help convert the daily waste produced in homes, especially in the kitchens, into compost.
Traditionally composting at home was done in a pit in the corner of a garden. Today a pit is not always a viable option. Most urban Indians are not aware that you can significantly improve urban waste problems by composting right at home even in cities.
Daily Dump discovered that most people would like to help (reduce the waste in urban environments), but there was no solution that made composting at home convenient, fun, hygienic and odour-free. That’s why they designed products that help you do this very easily at home.
Composting involves very little looking-after and it is easy to build into your routine. A couple of composting cycles and you will be quite a ‘Composting Ustad’!
The best way for an individual to help the waste issue in the city is to manage the waste at source. So whether you are on the 10th floor of a flat or in a small home you can compost at home if you want to.
The Kambha Composter
The Kambha Composters come in three tier and 4 tier compositions. Made out of terracotta and painted in appealing designs, these can be placed amongst house plants in a corner of a spacious balcony or outdoors in a garden or in a building compound under a tree.
The composter must be placed near a corner or against a wall in case of pets in the house. Choose a flat even area. Sunlight and light rain do not interfere with the Kambha Composter and it only needs protection in case of heavy rains when it may be covered with a piece of plastic.
The Aaga Composter
Daily Dump has now introduced a new community composting product called ‘Aaga’ – it is the simplest large scale composter in the market right now as it requires no mixing, shifting of contents or stirring. In fact, it has no moving parts and does not require any electricity to function either. Wet waste from homes needs to be layered with Remix powder (which is also made by Daily Dump) daily to get rich compost in about one and a half months.
The Aaga Composters are 3ft in height and 3ft in diameter. These are made out of UV resistant, roto moulded plastic, because of which the composters can withstand harsh weather conditions and can be placed on the terraces or compounds of apartments and buildings. Aaga Composters come in pairs (as one matures, the other one gets filled) – 30 homes need just one pair.
The capacity of each composter is 550 litres; a pair can handle 30 kg of waste per day. The very simple working of the Aaga Composter is explained completely in a brochure which comes with the product. The demand for this newly launched product is already growing in leaps and bounds.
So by just changing the way you throw, you can easily enjoy a cleaner city, don’t poison ground water and have the pleasure of converting waste to compost. Come arrive at a ‘zero-waste’ situation – just what the present government wants so badly!