Reduce, reuse, recycle. We have often heard it but, according to Hindustan Times report, students of Apostolic Carmel High School and Junior College in Mumbai practiced it.
20 students of the school converted 1,000 kg of wet and dry waste – collected over a month from different classrooms – into 100 kg of refined manure to grow a vegetable garden on the school’s premises.
The compost project, initiated in March, includes two compost bins with a capacity of 100 kg each. They generate waste into compost using a technique that involves air temperature, microorganisms and moisture.
So, how does it works? Natasha D’Costa, brainchild of Dirt, a company that provides solutions to reutilising organic waste said :
“The temperature inside the bin rises to 50 degrees Celsius, when the waste is being processed to convert it into compost. Sawdust is added to the waste to absorb the excess water. The bins need to be rotated a few times through the day.”
A student Maseera Shaikh, who is a member of the Green Club which took this initiative, said :
“To hasten the process of converting waste into compost, we rotate the bins twice a day – during the lunch break and in the evening. We also conducted a workshop for Class 5 students to help them understand what the bins were used for.”
Applauding their efforts, Christine Syiemiong, a teacher of the school said:
“In around 30 days, 80% of the waste gets converted into compost. We have also collected compost water, which we will use for the school’s garden. “
Way to go!